Monday, April 2, 2012

Federal Fiasco

Conference with clowns and mind readers costs top GSA officials their jobs

Top officials of the General Services Administration left the agency on Monday as the GSA inspector general’s office readied a “scathing” report on wasteful spending at a Las Vegas training conference in 2010, The Washington Post reported Monday afternoon.

Martha Johnson submitted her resignation, and Public Buildings Service Commissioner Robert Peck and senior counselor Stephen Leeds were terminated. A fourth manager was put on administrative leave, according to the news report.

Organizers spent $835,000 for a conference for 300 employees held at a luxury hotel, the Post said, including $147,000 in airfare and lodging for six planning trips. The tally also included $3,200 for a mind reader; $6,300 on a commemorative coin set in velvet boxes and $75,000 on a training exercise to build a bicycle.

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