Why does the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Inspector General hate America?
The new chief of the U.S. General Services Administration is trying to limit the ability of the agency’s inspector general to audit contracts for fraud or waste and has said oversight efforts are intimidating the workforce, according to government documents and interviews.
GSA Administrator Lurita Alexis Doan, a Bush political appointee and former government contractor, has proposed cutting $5 million in spending on audits and shifting some responsibility for contract reviews to small, private audit contractors.
Doan also has chided Inspector General Brian D. Miller for not going along with her attempts to streamline the agency’s contracting efforts. In a private staff meeting Aug. 18, Doan said Miller’s effort to examine contracts had “gone too far and is eroding the health of the organization,” according to notes of the meeting written by an unidentified participant from the Office of Inspector General (OIG).
The GSA is responsible for managing about $56 billion worth of contracts each year for the departments of Defense and Homeland Security and other agencies.
Doan compared Miller and his staff to terrorists, according to a copy of the notes obtained by The Washington Post.
“There are two kinds of terrorism in the US: the external kind; and, internally, the IGs have terrorized the Regional Administrators,” Doan said, according to the notes.
Through a spokesman, Doan said she respects the inspector general’s role and is not doing anything to undercut his independence. She also denied that she had referred to Miller, a former terrorism prosecutor, or his staff as terrorists.
This is by far the most ethically bankrupt administration in our nation’s history. Here we have the GSA administrator claiming that she can avoid wasteful spending by slashing millions from the budget of the agency that oversees billions in government contracts. This, at a time when the Pentagon cannot account for billions of dollars they have spent, and corruption charges are rampant at the Dept. of Homeland Security, and through the Duke Cunningham and Jack Abramoff scandals. Heckuva job.