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Noonan’s Incomplete GSA Diagnosis

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Conservative commentator Peggy Noonan parsed the General Services Administration’s spending scandal on Sunday during her regular appearance on ABC News “This Week.” But apparently she never got the memo about the Obama administration’s ongoing Campaign to Cut Waste.

“The U.S. government has been spending a lot since 2009, since before that, of course, but we've been spending a lot the past few years,” Noonan said. “You would think the word would go out from the White House, ‘Guys, we got lot of money sloshing through the system. Be serious about this. Don't go crazy. You have to go by the rules.’ …You have to communicate a certain maturity, I guess, about how the money is spent and what you're doing. That was never -- it seems to me -- communicated.”

In a brief rebuttal, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile mentioned the executive order President Obama issued Nov. 9, 2011, and she pleaded, “We can't change Washington overnight. That culture is embedded.”

Charlie Clark joined Government Executive in the fall of 2009. He has been on staff at The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, Time-Life Books, Tax Analysts, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and the National Center on Education and the Economy. He has written or edited online news, daily news stories, long features, wire copy, magazines, books and organizational media strategies.

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