GSA Chief Lurita Doan Forced Out
General Services Administration chief Lurita Doan resigned this week at the behest of the White House. Doan's resignation came almost a year after the U.S. Office of Special Counsel conducted a probe and concluded she had violated federal prohibitions against government employees using their offices for political purposes.
The special counsel formally recommended that President Bush to discipline Doan "to the fullest extent," including removing her from office, for asking political appointees how they could "help our candidates" at an agency briefing conducted by a White House official in January 2007. Doan denied any partisan activity and said she did not recall making any remarks like those attributed to her.
Evidence of Doan's remarks turned up during an investigation last year by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. That investigation was spurred by stories in the Washington Post that revealed that she had approved a $20,000, no-bid procurement with a firm run by a friend who had served as Doan's public relations consultant when she was in private business.
The Post's archive of stories about Doan and the GSA can be found here.
Please email us to report offensive comments.