On Tuesday evening, controversial General Services Administration chief Lurita Doan e-mailed her colleagues announcing that she was stepping down from her position after being forced to resign by the White House. Though Doan’s resignation was recommended by the White House Office of Special Counsel and House Oversight Committee chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA), CongressDaily reports today that “her ouster was triggered by more recent friction with the White House”:
According to House Oversight and Government Reform ranking member Tom Davis, the headstrong administrator angered White House officials by refusing to abide by their wishes on several matters, including her recent rejection of suggested political appointees to fill senior-level vacancies at GSA.
“That seems to be the straw that broke that camel’s back,” said Davis, citing a conversation with White House officials regarding Doan’s ouster.
In an interview with Federal News Radio, Doan explained what happened at the White House meeting:
Less than 30 seconds into the meeting, I was told the White House was requesting my resignation. I tell you, it was humbling and frankly, it was bizarre. Naturally, I immediately stated, “I serve at the pleasure of the president,” and I immediately gave my resignation.
I was surprised to be told that from the White House point of view, I was considered, and this is a direct quote, a “distraction to progress at GSA.”