“An Office of Special Counsel report has found that General Services Administration chief Lurita Doan violated the Hatch Act, which bars federal officials from partisan political activity while on the job, sources say.”
The report addresses a Jan. 26 lunch meeting at GSA headquarters attended by Doan and about 40 political appointees, some of whom participated by videoconference. During the meeting, Scott Jennings, the White House deputy director of political affairs, gave a PowerPoint presentation that included slides listing Democratic and Republican seats the White House viewed as vulnerable in 2008, a map of contested Senate seats and other information on 2008 election strategy.
According to meeting participants, Doan asked after the call how GSA could help “our candidates.”
Doan has until June 1 to respond to the OSC report. “After Doan responds, the report will be sent to President Bush with recommendations that could include suspension or termination. The president is not required to comply with the suggestions.”
UPDATE: Doan has no comment (except that she’s angry the report is public):
A spokeswoman for GSA said in a statement that Doan is “again disappointed in the failure to protect what remains an ongoing and confidential process.” The spokeswoman would not comment on the contents of the report, which may or may not be made public. “It would be inappropriate for the administrator to comment on the investigation, until the process has been completed,” the spokeswoman said.