The Government Man has been pretty quiet lately, save for an occasional blog or You Tube posting. The GSA scandal has been long out of the news.
My insiders tell me that GSA has taken disciplinary action against those implicated in the alleged wrongdoing. As I said before, I am not attempting to defend those who made unconscionable decisions in this episode, but I will defend those who were railroaded for a political show or who did not receive due process.
Considering the headlines and the staged outrage by certain elected officials, the punishments were mild. A few quiet retirements, some watered down suspensions (which I predict will be appealed and even further reduced or rescinded after the election) and a few removals.
It is the removals which represent another future embarrassment to GSA. These were initiated because of the White House call for quick action and not for cause. When these cases go to MSPB, and they most certainly will, GSA’s pr people will have to stretch their imaginations to put a positive spin on the outcome. Case history on arbitrary removals shows big settlements, but these will be sealed and will be long after the election so nobody will ever know about it.
As more time goes by, the ruminations in my last You Tube post are proven more correct every day. Little or nothing has come of the criminal allegations and the so-called serious contracting violations have quietly dissipated. Simply said, bad judgment or stupidity are not criminal actions.
By seeking headlines, which is totally against investigative protocol, the IG screwed up royally. It gave people a chance to bail out or cover their tracks if there indeed was any criminal action.
Hopefully Congress will get to issues such as the budget and national debt before resuming their debates about the shrimp cocktails in Las Vegas.
Check out my most recent You Tube post.