Last May, POGO blogged about the firing of controversial General Services Administration chief Lurita Doan. At the end of that post, we asserted that she wouldn't be gone for long. Sure enough, this week brought news of a new high-profile gig for Doan: radio commentator with Federal News Radio WFED 1050 AM.
The news that Doan will broadcast a weekly 15-minute spot called "Leadership Matters" prompted a story in Federal Times that jokingly compared her to "shock jock" Howard Stern.
"I had a great time at the GSA," Doan told Federal Times. "Now I've moved on. This is my new groove."
Doan's radio segment will feature her views on the subject of government leadership. Given her scandal-plagued tenure as GSA administrator, those views should certainly be quite interesting. She promises that no topic, not even her well-known hostility toward inspectors general, will be off-limits. (We wonder what, if anything, Doan will have to say about the forthcoming part two of POGO's investigation of IGs, which will address issues of IG accountability, performance and effectiveness.)
Doan explains her philosophy regarding government leadership in this op-ed column on the WFED web site:
[L]eadership matters. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Certainly, teams, committees and working groups are important--especially in a federal government as large as ours.
But, you can immediately recognize an organization, a plan, an idea that has a true leader at the helm because true leadership requires action. And, action is a verb; action is movement; action means that things get done, even when the movement and the action makes people uncomfortable--because oftentimes status quo is the comfy armchair we like to sit in.
Leadership asks the question, "Why not?"
She had better warn her listeners not to ask the question, "How can we help our candidates?" at office meetings, or else they too will be smacked with a violation of the Hatch Act.
Given Doan's background as a successful government contractor and deep-pocketed Republican donor, we were somewhat surprised by this career change. Some of her former GSA colleagues, however, were not. One unnamed former colleague provided this zinger to Federal Times: "It's the perfect medium for Lurita; she's a great storyteller."
-- Neil Gordon