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GSA Head Lurita Doan: IGs=Terrorists

On Saturday, the Washington Post reported that the new chief of the U.S. General Services administration, Lurita Alexis Doan, wants to limit the ability of the agency's inspector general to audit contracts for fraud or waste by cutting $5 million from the inspector general's office.  According to Doan, pesky audits are intimidating the work force.

"There are two kinds of terrorism in the United States--the external kind, and internally, the Inspector Generals," said Doan in notes obtained by the Washington Post.

Yesterday, Reps. Henry Waxman (D-CA), James L. Oberstar (D-MN), and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) sent a letter to Doan to asking for a description of her plans and a "detailed analysis of its potential effects" before making any changes or budget cuts that would affect the inspector general's work. 

Doan has a pattern for disliking contract oversight, which probably has something to do with the fact that she's a former government contractor.  We've mentioned Doan before in this blog when she appointed James Williams to head up the Federal Acquisition Service, which was likely a move to return a favor to Williams after he helped Doan to land contracts when she owned and ran New Technology Management, a contractor for the Department of Homeland Security.

By: Mandy Smithberger
Director, CDI Straus Military Reform Project, POGO

Photograph of Mandy Smithberger Mandy Smithberger is the Director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the Center for Defense Information at the Project On Government Oversight.

Authors: Mandy Smithberger

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