Obama Praised GSA Administrator's Work Culture in 2010
5:51 PM, Apr 5, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In 2010, President Barack Obama praised the work ethic of GSA administrator Martha Johnson:
"Because in the end, we believe that all of this isn't just about providing a better work experience for our employees, it's about providing better, more efficient service for the American people, even in the face of snowstorms and other crises that keep folks from getting to the office," Obama said. "I do not want to see the Government close because of snow again. It's about attracting and retaining top talent in the Federal workforce and empowering them to do their jobs and judging their success by the results that they get, not by how many meetings they attend, or how much face time they log, or how many hours are spent on airplanes. It's about creating a culture where, as Martha Johnson puts it, ‘Work is what you do, not where you are.’ And in these efforts, we'll be looking to all of you for advice and ideas. And we plan to continue this conversation in the coming months, holding forums and roundtables in communities across the country, so we can seek out more good ideas and best practices that we can adopt and promote."
Johnson "resigned Monday after a scathing report which called government spending on a training seminar in Las Vegas 'excessive, wasteful, and in some cases impermissible,'" CNN reported.