GSA Honcho ‘Reprimanded’ for Planning Party for Herself … With 1200 People

Posted by on Sep 06, 2012 at 5:52 pm

She’s obviously a Republican plant to make the GSA and Obama look really, really stupid, or incredibly arrogant. Seriously, who plans a party for themselves for 1200 people to celebrate, um, being appointed to a job?

Ego, we much.

And what’s this reprimand nonsense? Why hasn’t she been fired already?

The General Services Administration’s Julia Hudson was ready to party last month, inviting roughly 1,200 federal employees to celebrate the second anniversary of her appointment as the scandal-scarred agency’s National Capital Region administrator.

Refreshments would be served in Hudson’s seventh-floor downtown D.C. office suite, including a cake bearing her image, GSA sources familiar with the event’s planning tell POLITICO.

But on the morning of the event, the GSA’s top leadership abruptly canceled it. They were unaware of Hudson’s plans until the night before — and determined to avoid yet another embarrassment to an agency still suffering from the infamous 2010 Las Vegas conference that featured commemorative coins in velvet boxes, a clown and a mind reader.

GSA leaders verbally reprimanded Hudson for scheduling the event, said agency spokeswoman Betsaida Alcantara.

Wow, I’m sure she learned her lesson.

Since Administrator Martha Johnson resigned and two of her deputies were fired in April, all internal events must be cleared by GSA Chief Administrative Officer Cynthia Mezler. GSA estimates it has saved $11 million in taxpayer money from canceled events.

But this celebration of a political appointee’s job, set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 28, wasn’t cleared.

Nor was it the first such party for Hudson. She held a similar event last year to fete the first anniversary of her appointment.

Now if you’re wondering how a hack like this even found her way into such a position, here you go.
Prior to joining GSA, Hudson worked as vice president of Chase Communications and chief of staff for Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).
Via John E.


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