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Lurita Alexis Doan MA


Self Description

December 2006: "On May 31, 2006, Lurita Alexis Doan took the Oath of Office to become the 18th Administrator of General Services. She is the first woman to serve as the chief executive of the U.S. General Services Administration. President George W. Bush nominated Mrs. Doan on April 6, 2006. The Senate confirmed her nomination on May 26.

Until July 2005, Mrs. Doan was the president, CEO and sole owner of a surveillance technology company she founded in 1990. Most recently, she served on the Presidential Search Committee to select Vassar College’s 10th president; the Steering Committee for the Women’s Majority Network founded by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole; and the Steering Committee for the soon-to-be-built Shakespeare Theatre Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, DC.

Mrs. Doan is the recipient of several awards for innovation and entrepreneurship, including the Committee of 200 Visionary Award and the Department of Commerce Award for Entrepreneurial Innovation.

A native of New Orleans, La., Mrs. Doan was awarded a master’s degree in Renaissance literature from University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1983. She received a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College in 1979, and graduated from Ursuline Academy in New Orleans, La., in 1975. Before entering the field of computer technology, Mrs. Doan taught at several colleges in the Washington, DC area, including the University of the District of Columbia, Marymount University, and Catholic University of America.

She is descended from three generations of African-American entrepreneurs: After President Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves, her great-grandmother sold pralines in New Orleans. Her grandmother began a secretarial business school in 1908 under the administration of President Theodore Roosevelt, during which time her grandfather also started an insurance company. In addition, Mrs. Doan’s father began a business in rental property and farm management under President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Mrs. Doan is actively involved in the business community through its participation in many trade associations, membership in business organizations and involvement in charitable community activities."

http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/contentView.do?contentId=11164

Third-Party Descriptions

May 2008: "General Services Administration chief Lurita Alexis Doan has resigned as head of the government's premier contracting agency at the request of the White House, ending a tumultuous tenure in which she was accused of trying to award work to a friend and misusing her authority for political ends."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/30/AR2008043001271.html

May 2008: 'Mr. Bloch has denied wrongdoing. Last week, the White House forced out Lurita A. Doan, the head of the General Services Administration, after Mr. Bloch’s office determined that she had improperly mixed politics with government business.'

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/07/washington/06cnd-inquire.html

June 2007: The U.S. special counsel has called on President Bush to discipline General Services Administration chief Lurita Alexis Doan 'to the fullest extent' for violating the federal Hatch Act when she allegedly asked political appointees how they could 'help our candidates' during a January meeting.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/11/AR2007061102169.html

May 2007: The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has found that General Services Administration chief Lurita Alexis Doan violated the federal Hatch Act when she allegedly asked GSA political appointees during a January briefing how they could 'help our candidates' win the next election, according to a report by the office.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/23/AR2007052301372.html

December 2006: "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."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/01/AR2006120101645.html

Relationships

RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Catholic University of America, The (CUA) Organization Dec 2, 2006
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) General Services Administration (GSA) Organization Dec 2, 2006
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Marymount University Organization Dec 2, 2006
Founder/Co-Founder of Organization Head/Leader (past or present) New Technology Management, Inc. (NTMI) Organization Dec 2, 2006
Student/Trainee (past or present) University of Tennessee, Knoxville Organization Dec 2, 2006
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Organization Dec 2, 2006
Advisor/Consultant to (past or present) Student/Trainee (past or present) Vassar College Organization Dec 2, 2006
Appointed/Selected by President George W. Bush Person Dec 2, 2006
Cooperation (past or present) Senator Elizabeth Dole Esq., MA Person Dec 2, 2006

Articles and Resources

Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at:
May 06, 2008 F.B.I. Raids Office of Special Counsel

QUOTE: The office of the official responsible for protecting federal workers from political interference was raided by F.B.I. agents on Tuesday as part of an investigation into whether he himself mixed politics with official business. The raid took place at the office of Scott J. Bloch, the head of the Office of Special Counsel. Computers and documents were seized by agents trying to determine whether Mr. Bloch obstructed justice by hiring an outside company to “scrub” his computer files...

New York Times
May 01, 2008 Doan Ends Her Stormy Tenure as GSA Chief: Resignation Comes at White House's Behest

QUOTE: General Services Administration chief Lurita Alexis Doan has resigned as head of the government's premier contracting agency at the request of the White House, ending a tumultuous tenure in which she was accused of trying to award work to a friend and misusing her authority for political ends.

Washington Post
Jun 12, 2007 Bush Is Asked to Discipline GSA Chief in Hatch Act Inquiry

QUOTE: After allegedly asking political appointees how they could “help our candidates,” General Services Administration chief Lurita Alexis Doan is facing possible disciplinary actions from President Bush for using her position for political purposes—in this case, to see how the agency could use its facilities to benefit the Republican Party.

Washington Post
May 24, 2007 GSA Chief Violated Hatch Act, Special Counsel's Report Alleges

QUOTE: The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has found that General Services Administration chief Lurita Alexis Doan violated the federal Hatch Act when she allegedly asked GSA political appointees during a January briefing how they could "help our candidates" win the next election...

Washington Post
May 23, 2007 Changes Spurred Buying, Abuses: Taxpayers Overcharged Millions in Sun Deal, Auditor Says

QUOTE: [Renewing the contract with Sun Microsystems] meant the government's leading contracting agency would be able to continue collecting millions of dollars in what are called industrial funding fees from Sun under rules that permit the GSA to take a percentage of every sale made to the government. It also meant that taxpayers would pay millions more than necessary, according to congressional investigators.

Washington Post
Dec 02, 2006 GSA Chief Seeks to Cut Budget For Audits: Contract Oversight Would Be Reduced

QUOTE: 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...

Washington Post