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FCW Insider: Bibb to be acting GSA administrator... and Doan makes the White House press briefing

We told you earlier that GSA officials held a meeting at 3p ET to talk about the post-Doan GSA.

As was widely expected (and widely hoped within GSA), GSA Deputy Administrator David Bibb has been named the acting administrator. Bibb is widely respected and has served as acting administrator several times before.

(Bibb actually likes to tell the story that he was the first government official to determine a winner of a president election. Of course, that is officially determined by the electoral collage, but the GSA administrator is the one who hands the keys of the transition office to the new president-elect. Anyway, in November 2000, guess who was the GSA acting administrator? None other then one DavidBibb . He wisely didn't hand over the keys to either then Gov. George W. Bush nor then Vice President Al Gore until the Supreme Court decision. Bibb apparently will get that opportunity again in November 2008.)

With Bibb at GSA's helm, it will undoubtedly provide the agency with a level of consistency that it needs right now. He also is keenly aware of the issues facing GSA.

Otherwise, insiders said that the organization is moving forward on its agenda.

Meanwhile, Doan came up during the White House press briefing today.

Q    Dana, why was Lurita Doan forced to resign now?  She's been a presence around here for a long time.  Why was she fired now?

MS. PERINO:  Well, I'm not going to comment on a -- on the resignation.  I will confirm, obviously, that she has resigned from GSA.  While serving as the administrator she worked very hard to respond effectively during the times of emergency.  She also worked to make sure that all of the numerous buildings in the federal government are as energy efficient as possible.  And the President is grateful for her service and wishes her the best.

Q    Okay.  She says she was forced out.  Is that true?

MS. PERINO:  I'm not going to comment..

Q    Okay, one more Lurita Doan.  Did the President want her to stay?  Would he have supported --

MS. PERINO:  I'm not going to comment.  She tendered her resignation and it was accepted.

Posted by Christopher J. Dorobek on Apr 30, 2008 at 12:17 PM


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