Resigned: The fast fall of former GSA chief Martha Johnson

A few items that caught our attention on Monday:

The fast fall of a Washington career: Martha Johnson, the former head of the General Services Administration who resigned her position in 2012 after an inspector general’s report revealed lavish conference spending by the agency, discusses what it’s like to take the fall in Washington and to be a 61-year-old ex-government leader without a job in an insightful profile by the Post’s Lillian Cunningham


Former GSA Administrator Martha Johnson. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post).

U.S. built Twitter-type programs in more than just Cuba: The United States developed dozens of social-media programs similar to the one it started in Cuba to promote open political discussion in foreign countries, but the government did little to continue the efforts after spending money to start them, according to a New York Times report.

Female pilot makes DC National Guard history: Demetria Elosiebo, a first lieutenant with the DC National Guard, earned her Army aviator wings after 15 months of intensive training and became the first African-American female pilot for the district’s guard unit, according to a Stars and Stripes article.

Government missing goals for contracts with women-owned businesses: The federal government has never reached a goal the Small Business Administration set in 2011 for awarding 5 percent of its contracts to woman-owned businesses, according to a Federal Times report.

In the hot seat: Congress returns from break this week, with several top officials scheduled to testify at upcoming hearings. On the agenda: Education Secretary Arne Duncan to talk about education spending, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to discuss federal investments in innovation, and Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele Leonhart to address DEA oversight, plus much more, according to an In the Loop roundup.

Pentagon’s top technology official to step down: Defense Department Chief Information Officer Teri Takai plans to step down from her position this week after more than three years of service as the military’s top IT official. She has played a leading role in implementing the Pentagon’s difficult and sometimes struggling Joint Information Environment, which aims to establish a common set of services to replace disparate systems, according to a Federal News Radio article.

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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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