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Lurita Doan looking for a comeback

By Al Kamen
Washington's special charm is much like Hollywood's: It doesn't matter what they write about you -- or how you performed your role in government -- as long as they spell your name right. A fine future as a consultant or at least a newspaper or television pundit awaits you.

Take, for example, former Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael "heckuva job" Brown, made famous by the disastrous New Orleans relief effort after Hurricane Katrina. He went into the disaster recovery consulting business after leaving the Bush administration, was quoted frequently in the media as disaster expert and is now a radio talk show host.

Now there's former General Services Administration chief Lurita Doan, bounced in 2008 by the White House amid allegations of trying to award work to a friend and misusing her authority for political ends.

A Washington Post investigation of Doan's activity turned up, among other things, a no-bid procurement order she had a approved for a friend's firm. This led to a House oversight committee investigation, another by the GSA inspector general and one by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa). The U.S. Office of Special Counsel urged President Bush to discipline her "to the fullest extent," including canning her.

So on Tuesday we got an e-mail from a local public relations company.

"Lurita Doan is a former administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and former small business owner; she is an expert on the principles of small business and can give a unique background on how government affects it," the note said.

"These include fiscal discipline, good government, leadership, and the execution risks inherent in most government initiatives. Ms. Doan can bring her keen insight to your organization in perhaps a weekly column. Her writings have previously appeared in USA Today, LA Times, Roll Call and others."

A great country. A truly great country.

By Web Politics Editor  |  February 18, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency , In the Loop  
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