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New Allegations of Corruption in the General Services Administration

Posted on by Jesse Lee

In June of 2006, David Safavian, former chief of staff at the General Services Administration (GSA), was found guilty of lying and obstructing justice in the probe surrounding former lobbyist Jack Abramoff. On the GSA website, Administrator Lurita Alexis Doan identifies the GSA as “the federal government's premier acquisition agency” and states its mission “to help other agencies better serve the public by meeting — at best value — their needs for products and services, and to simplify citizen access to government information and services.”

More news out today on the apparent failure of that mission from the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:

In January Chairman Waxman requested documents related to the awarding of a no-bid contract to Edie Fraser, a longtime friend of GSA Administrator Doan. According to the report, Ms. Doan signed a contract for $20,000 for a 24-page report promoting GSA’s use of minority- and women-owned businesses. GSA later terminated the contract.

Documents now reveal that Administrator Doan had a long-standing business relationship with Ms. Fraser that has not been disclosed previously, that Ms. Fraser used her professional connections to advance Doan's nomination to GSA and to provide personal favors, and that Ms. Fraser continued to provide services with the expectation of payment to Ms. Doan after she became GSA Administrator.

The Committee highlights this email from Edie Fraser to Lurita Doan on September 6, 2006:

“Lurita, I will do anything for you and will do for the rest of my life… But I have spent so much time at GSA from the report planning to these sessions with ZERO $$. How do we solve”

More information from the Oversight Committee >>

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