The article below was written by a friend of mine who has a background working in the government. He has given his permission for me to reprint this on Daily Kos and ePluribus Media. The original article was posted on Gather.com as The GSA scandal -- a personal perspective. If you are so inclined, please send some traffic to the original article to help give it the bump & notice it deserves. Thank you. -- GreyHawk
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by John S.
First posted April 07, 2012 10:49 AM EDT
I used to work for the General Services Administration (GSA) before transferring to USDOJ.
The scandal which has been hitting the news is so different from the GSA I knew that it is like finding your sainted grandmother arrested by the police for having an orgy in front of the local courthouse on Sunday afternoon.
GSA had always been very strict on following government guidelines, and pinched every penny. No flying first class. No gifts. Everyone got training on how to avoid problems with the ethics rules. This was so much a part of the agency's culture it is hard to see how such a major change could take place.
Since its inception in 2005 the members of ePluribus Media have built a large body of published stories on the systemic abuse and corruption generated by the Bush Administration and its Loyal Bushies. Lately, we have been seeing some of these "chickens coming home to roost." Lurita Doan is the latest in the flock that is giving us something to "crow about."
Lurita Doan was nominated by President Bush in April of 2006 to head the Government Service Agency which controls, among other things, the awarding of government contracts and in May of 2006 she was unanimously confirmed. By April of 2007 she was in front of congress doin' some s'plainin' about the way she was running the organization.
As CNN reports:
Doan's resignation comes 10 months after the government's the Office of Special Counsel recommended to the White House that she be disciplined to the "fullest extent" for violating federal laws against using government employees for political purposes, a finding she denied.
It seems as if cronyism is just, well, second nature to this crew:
The agency's inspector general criticized Doan for signing off on a $20,000 no-bid contract with a friend's public relations agency and accused her of "a disregard for the rules" in managing the $17 billion agency.
Keith Barratt wrote an op-ed on Lurita's congressional testimony, highlighting the arrogance and disrespect Ms. Doan conveyed when testifying. This op-ed was published on the ePluribus Media Journal [now in the Archives]. Has the term "public service" lost meaning for our private corporations?. Make the jump»