Chickens Come Home to Roost: Lurita Doan
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?.
I do know that today I listened to Lurita Doan give evidence during the U.S. Congressional hearing on the General Services Administration and I was both shocked and angry by what I heard: truly shocked, but most of all angry, because Ms. Doan represented a critical part of what I have done in my life, and she shamed me and shamed many of those like me.
I am not going to deal with the detailed nature of her replies. They were appalling enough in their own right, but others can and will analyse those. It is one aspect only of her performance that is the source of the abhorrence that motivates these comments of mine. It was her attitude to the members of Congress. [snip] I do believe, furthermore, that what I saw today was not a simple occurrence related to one individual but an expression of all that is wrong with this Republican administration.
And now, Lurita is leaving. CNN has the story of Doan's resignation. Her tenure as head of the GSA was controversial to say the least.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The head of the U.S. government's top contracting agency has resigned amid accusations of misuse of authority, including allegations she tried to enlist agency officials to help Republican political hopefuls.