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White House pushes GSA's Doan out the door.

GSA Administrator Lurita Doan has resigned under pressure from the White House, ending a tumultuous 22-month tenure.

"I was asked to submit my resignation, and I have just done so," Doan wrote in an April 29 email to colleagues, obtained by Federal Computer Week.

She clung to office for nearly a year after several members of Congress called for her resignation and the government's Special Counsel urged President Bush to discipline her "to the fullest extent" for alleged ethics violations.

The Special Counsel, who monitors violations of the Hatch Act, said Doan had improperly brought partisan politics into the workplace at a 2007 briefing for GSA political appointees. Several employees said she asked how GSA could help "our candidates" in the next election. Doan insisted she did not remember saying that.

The White House had not commented since the Special Counsel submitted his report last May.

Doan carried on a long-running public feud with GSA Inspector General Brian Miller. He accused her of improprieties and she accused him of intimidating and harassing employees. Two outside investigations cleared Miller, but Doan refused to accept the findings. She recently told Government Executive magazine, "I will stay on this issue like a dog on a bone."

That statement came just days before the White House asked her to resign.

Doan founded an IT services company, New Technology Management Inc., in 1990. By the time she sold it in 2005, the former 8(a) firm had more than $200 million in federal contracts.

She called GSA "a turnaround." When she took over, the agency was battling a slowdown in sales growth on its schedules, undergoing a reorganization, and offering buyouts to several hundred employees. Doan blamed many of her clashes with agency executives on their resistance to her agenda of change.
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