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FCW Insider: GSA meeting coming at 3p ET

The current buzz around the G Street halls of GSA is who is going to be in charge. Of course, everybody has been assuming it is going to be David Bibb, the current deputy administrator who has served as acting administrator several times in the past. Bibb is very well respected and well liked across the board and would provide GSA with strong leadership at the helm to steady the organization during what must be trying times.

That being said, there is a political in the building -- David L. Winstead, the commissioner of GSA's Public Building Service, who has been in that post since October 3, 2005. I don't know how the rules work on these things, but one person suggested that he could be named as administrator, particularly given that he already has Senate approval.

One of the most noticeable thing about the press release GSA put out was it didn't say anything about who was taking over.

The top brass are meeting at 3p ET, at which point we assume we will hear more.

Here is the release. (It is not posted online yet.)


WASHINGTON, U.S. General Services Administration Administrator Lurita Doan announced today that she submitted her resignation as the head of the Federal government's premier contracting and building agency.  Doan will conclude her tenure as the first woman to head the GSA.
"It has been a great privilege to serve our nation and a great President,” said Doan. “The past twenty-two months have been filled with accomplishments:  together, we have regained our clean audit opinion, restored fiscal discipline, re-tooled our ability to respond to emergencies, rekindled entrepreneurial energies, reduced bureaucratic barriers to small companies to get a GSA Schedule, ignited a building boom at our nation's ports of entries, boldly led the nation in an aggressive telework initiative, and improved employee morale so that we were selected as one of the best places to work in the Federal government.  These accomplishments are made even more enjoyable by the fact that there were lots of people who told us they could never be done.  I have great faith in the abilities of GSA’s dedicated team.”
Doan came to GSA as an accomplished entrepreneur having successfully established a minority-owned, small business.  Doan capably managed GSA's $17 billion budget and 12,000 employees and leaves the Agency with employee morale at an all time highpoint, according to the most recent OPM survey.

FCW.com Doan poll

Meanwhile, we're seeking your thoughts on Doan's 22-month tenure at GSA. We're asking you to give Doan a scholastic grade. You can vote at www.fcw.com/polls.

Doan's "arrow" photo

AND... I'm still seeking a Doan "arrows" photo from GSA Expo last week. I posted about this earlier in the day Tuesday, but...

Doan's arrows -- I need a photo

OK, who was down at GSA Expo last week? Well, apparently GSA Administrator Lurita Doan showed up at expo's award ceremony covered in arrows.

One person reported that she had arrows all over her body. She even picked up her leg to show an arrow through her knee. The text of the speech even includes stage directions.

So -- for those of you who were there -- I MUST HAVE A COPY OF THE PHOTO YOU TOOK! Really! I won't say where I got it, of course. Just send it along to [email protected].

I know somebody has a photo!

Happy birthday to YOU

We mentioned earlier that it is GSA CIO Casey Coleman's birthday today. Fortunately or unfortunately, she has been called in to replace Doan at an executive lunch sponsored by the AFCEA Bethesda Young AFCEANs.

Wednesday, April 30 Executive Luncheon

Lurita Doan will not be speaking at today's Executive Luncheon. We are pleased to announce however that GSA CIO Casey Coleman has agreed to speak in her place. She will be discussing GSA and potential small business opportunities, so we look forward to her discussion. We hope that you will be able to join us. If you haven't registered for the event, you can register at the door. Event details are below:

Wednesday, April 30, 2008   11:30AM-2 PM
Hilton Crystal City
2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA, 22202

Government -$30

Coleman is great, so I'm sure she did great.

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 at 12:17 PM


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