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Shakeup at GSA
On Monday, April 2, 2012, General Services Administration chief Martha Johnson stepped down from her post after firing Bob Peck, the commissioner of the Public Buildings Service, and GSA adviser Stephen Leeds. The shakeup in the administration came on the heels of an inspector general report that detailed excessive spending by the agency at a conference in 2010. Read Federal News Radio's full coverage of the Shakeup at GSA.
Holmes Norton: The GSA problem has been 'cured'
Monday - 4/9/2012, 7:17pm EDT
"The first thing that's in my mind is that nobody can do a more thorough investigation than the IG has done — that's how this thing has come out — and that the president has already cured the problem," she said.
Last week, Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) said the conference scandal was "just the tip of the iceberg" — a comment Holmes Norton said she doesn't understand.
"We have no indication that GSA is an agency where corruption has flourished. I think [Mica] may be referring to other issues that concern him at GSA," she said, such as perceived mismanagement of buildings.
Although she does not believe there is a culture of excess at the GSA, this scandal is different than previous GSA-administrator firings in that "you have fully implicated an entire region this time."
"Here you have the entire Western region, with lots of officials out there at least, knowing about it, deliberately engaged in circumventing federal law and regulations," she said. "One wonders if they lived in [the mid-Atlantic] region if they would have even thought about acting that way."
Holmes Norton agreed with the removals of the higher level, political appointees — whether they knew about the conference or not. But she added that the federal employees who have been implicated and placed on administrative leave deserve "due process."
She hoped the upcoming hearings will focus on putting the IG report on the public record but feared it could devolve into "fed bashing."
"It seems to me that, yes, we will have some stereotyping going on here...The employees involved need to be sanctioned, as the top already has been," she said. "But it would be very wrong to somehow take these employees as representative of federal employees."
Holmes Norton has "a great deal of confidence" in new acting administrator Dan Tangherlini, after observing his record as a manager in the District of Columbia, and plans to question him about oversight measures in the future.
"Now that the top of the agency has been taken out...I want to know how this could've occurred in the far region, [and] what it is that Mr. Tangherlini is going to do to make sure that that cannot happen again," she said.