Eye Opener: GSA official quits over lack of permanent boss
Happy Friday! The government's purchasing and facilities management agency lost its chief of staff Wednesday amid frustrations that the Senate has yet to confirm a permanent administrator.
Danielle Germain, joined GSA as chief of staff in June, but said she's waited too long for Johnson's confirmation.
"I have worked directly and indirectly with GSA for a number of years now and my time here has only reinforced in my mind that it is truly an agency with great, dedicated people," German said in an e-mail to The Eye. "That being said, we all know that they have been in a period of transition for the last two years and considering the length of time it is taking to get a permanent administrator, I have decided to take advantage of another opportunity."
Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) has placed a hold on Johnson as he awaits more information about the long-sought construction of a new federal building in Kansas City. The Show Me State's entire Congressional delegation has long demanded more information on the project, but GSA officials insist Bond now has everything he requested.
Four acting administrators have run GSA in the last two years, contributing to suffering morale and plenty of frustration.
Germain will now lead the National Association of Public Administration's Collaboration Project, which promotes the use of technology in government. Germain's departure was first reported by Federal Computer Week's Matthew Weigelt.
Leave your thoughts in the comments section below
Track all of Obama's nominees with The Post's Head Count
• Cabinet and Staff News: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar won't run for Colorado governor and Defense Secretary Robert Gates is staying put one more year. President Obama meets with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton today. Send good vibes towards to Vice President Biden mother, who is seriously ill. Clinton met with ex-U.N. director in Afghanistan. Deputy OMB Director Jeffrey Zients profiled. White House National Security Council Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough answered questions on Thursday via Facebook. Af/Pak Envoy Richard Holbrooke heading to Abu Dhabi, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and France. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) blocking Treasury Department nominees over the White House's delay of new Internet gambling prohibitions. Veteran House Homeland Security Committee staffer Todd Levett joins State Department's "drugs and thugs" bureau.
• CIA will disseminate faster, conduct name traces: The agency will work faster to disseminate and share information in the future.
CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION:
• Bomb suspect's name came to U.S. attention midflight: Yet CBP agents had no plans to arrest Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab or even subject him to the most rigorous search.
• U.S. military probes allegations of prisoner abuse in Afghanistan: Officials last month took statements from the two teenagers and are contacting others who claim to have been held at a detention center run by U.S. Special Operations forces.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY:
• EPA seeks stricter limits on smog pollutants: The proposal would help determine the quality of the air Americans will breathe for at least a decade.
• FAA faults jet makers on data recorders: The agency said it was "seriously disappointed" with what it contends has been 19 months of industry foot-dragging in implementing the safety enhancements.
• Report: High rate of sex abuse at juvenile centers: The department found that nationwide, about 12 percent of youths held in state-run, privately run, or local facilities reported some type of sexual victimization.
• U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to double in size: As the military continues to drawdown in Iraq, diplomats are taking over many of the "critical missions" that the military has been heavily involved in for years.
| January 8, 2010; 5:30 AM ET
Categories: Agencies and Departments, Eye Opener, Revolving Door
Save & Share: Previous: Gay group to Letterman: Apologize to transgender Commerce official
Next: Aneesh Chopra at CES
Posted by: fairfaxvoter | January 8, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: Fate1 | January 8, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: cyberfool | January 8, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | January 8, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: mycomment | January 8, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: whistleblower1 | January 8, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Deano2009 | January 9, 2010 2:32 AM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.