The nomination of Jack Courtemanche to be administrator of the General Services Administration will lapse when Congress adjourns for the elections, and it may not be resubmitted next year, according to several sources. Courtemanche is under scrutiny by the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee for his business practices before he joined the White House staff.
Last week, one senior staffer at the GSA speculated that Courtemanche would get a recess nomination the day after he expects President Reagan will be reelected. But another senior GSA official said Courtemanche is about to ask Reagan to "forget the nomination."
If Reagan is reelected and Courtemanche drops out, one person who has been mentioned as a possible GSA chief is Arlene Triplett, associate director for management of the Office of Management and Budget. Triplett, a well-respected manager, reportedly was interested in the job once before, when Gerald P. Carmen left in February 1984. SPACE SHUFFLE . . .
Depending on how you look at it, the GSA has either done a very good or a very bad job of reducing federal office space. Figures for last June obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request show that the GSA is one of the agencies where employes have, on average, slightly more space than they did when the space-reduction effort began in March 1983. (The GSA, however, did lead all agencies in the total space it cut -- 2.34 million square feet.)
Four other agencies that were supposed to shrink actually grew: the Commerce, State and Justice departments and the Navy. The Treasury and Energy departments and the Environmental Protection Agency, meanwhile, have met their space-reduction targets. COMPANY STORE . . .
The GSA has just opened another kind of retail-style supply store, this one to provide office products to federal agencies. Last year, the GSA opened its first retail-style store, Office Technology Plus, at GSA headquarters to try to make it easier for employes to shop for computer equipment.
The new store, in Building 74 at the Washington Navy Yard, will carry more than 80 items, including typewriters, calculators, desk-top copiers, cameras, dictation equipment, projectors and telephone-answering equipment. Items purchased by authorized government purchasing agents can be carried back to the office immediately.
The GSA recently opened a second computer store in Philadelphia and a third will open in Atlanta next month. It eventually hopes to open computer and office supply stores in all of its 11 regions. PRIME PROPERTIES . . .
Starting Oct. 22, 17 properties are going on the auction block in Florida -- booty seized by federal agencies from racketeers and drug traffickers. The properties include mansions in Miami and luxury condominiums on Biscayne Bay, a home in the Florida Keys with a 30-foot dock, an 80-acre horse farm near Ocala and a piece of undeveloped land on the Atlantic Ocean in North Vero Beach. GREASING THE LEASES?. . .
GSA's inspector general has found that most leases for federal office space in the Washington area are awarded through sole-source contracts. That's all right, the auditors said, but they wondered whether it really should take an average of 270 days to reach an agreement with a single bidder? Four pages of deficiencies listed in the audit show how leasing policies "impacted negatively on government agencies obtaining space timely and on determining whether lease costs are reasonable." GSA officials said they generally agreed with the recommendations and are working to resolve the problems.