GSA MAKES DECISION THAT TRUMP BUSINESS ARRANGEMENTS MAKE HOTEL LEASE OK
GSA announced their conclusion last week that the lease for the Trump Washington, D.C. hotel will not benefit the President during his term and, as such, the contract can continue. Steps taken by Trump family business interests to place the hotel and other assets in a trust and direct that profits be spent only in certain ways seem to have persuaded GSA officials to issue their ruling. While there may be a political backlash to this decision, the issuance of the ruling had reportedly been holding up the appointment of a new GSA Administrator, Deputy Administrator, and Commissioner of the Public Building Service. It is now possible that these positions may be filled, though the Administration may still wait for any political discontent to die down. This could be good news for the agency and government contractors that work with it. While the agency is very professionally run by acting career staff, it is always good to have a full complement of officials that can define and execute a strategic plan for the agency and its multiple business portfolios. We will know in the next few weeks what may be in store for GSA.