Apr 24,2007 00:00
--“It doesn't matter what your politics are. Taxpayers should be outraged," said Wyden--
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As evidence of serious alleged ethics and possibly legal violations at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) continue to mount, U.S. Senators Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) on Monday called for the resignation or firing of GSA Administrator Lurita Doan. Doan has held the top GSA job since May 31, 2006, and has come under fire from bipartisan congressional critics.
“What these incidents come down to is a complete disregard for the principals of responsible government and government accountability,” Wyden said. “While Congress mandated Inspectors General to fight waste, fraud and abuse in the executive branch nearly 30 years ago, Ms. Doan has disregarded three decades of oversight in less than a year on the job. It doesn't matter what your politics are. Taxpayers should be outraged."
“Having a White House aide make a presentation at a government agency about what that agency can do to help elect Republicans is way out of bounds,” Dorgan said. “It goes well beyond anything I am aware of, by any administration of either party, and likely violates the law. It tears at the fabric of professionalism and nonpartisan civil service in our government. We need to hold those who thought it appropriate to hold such a meeting accountable, and to learn where else in the federal government similar presentations may have been made.”
U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) also have been investigating the allegations against Doan.
Wyden said while some people might think the GSA allegations are a routine “Inside the Beltway” story, the impact of scandal at the agency on taxpayers could be far reaching: the GSA operates 8,300 government-owned or leased buildings and 205,000 vehicles around the country. Through its contracts and purchases, it manages more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars. Altogether, it manages about $56 billion in contracts.