Just another work day at GSA
Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, criticized the retirement package received by Jeffrey Neely, the General Services Administration official caught in a Las Vegas conference spending scandal. Neely, who was responsible for the $823,000 employee conference, will likely receive $100,000 in annual compensation, according to the Transportation Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Public Buildings Service.
August 31, 2012 Federal workers rack up nearly $8 million in travel costs
CNN) -- The General Services Administration -- already under scrutiny for excessive spending -- spent $7.7 million over the past four years to transport hundreds of employees who work full-time from their homes to various government conferences and meetings across the country, according to records released this week by the federal agency.August 31, 2012
August 1, 2012 NY Daily News
NEW GSA scandal: Employees get massive bonuses on top of lavish conference spending
HAVE YOU NO SHAME? General Services Administration workers ‘earn’ $44M in bonuses in 2011 ALONE!
July 19, 2012 GSA spends more than $250,000 on one day event
Washington (CNN) -- A "top-to-bottom" review by the General Services Administration, the federal agency that was found to have spent lavishly on an October 2010 conference in Las Vegas, has revealed that the agency also spent more than a quarter-million dollars for a one-day awards ceremony just outside Washington in May 2010.
July 19, 2012 Video Breakdown of "Conference Costs"
"Instead of clowns and mind readers, we've got violinists and guitarists. GSA has really classed up their act," Rep. Denham said. "We've known that there is a culture of waste, fraud and abuse within the many layers of GSA, and this proves that this is a systemic problem that is rooted deeply within this organization."
April 20, 2012 What We Know About The GSA’s Jeffrey Neely the bureaucrat, involved with the "GSA Scandal"
Neely, 57, went to Congress this week to testify about the scandal over the GSA’s spending at a 2010 conference in Las Vegas. He repeatedly invoked his Fifth Amendment rights, refusing even to provide his job title.
Investigators are looking into the involvement his wife had in planning GSA events as well as taxpayer-funded trips the couple took to locations like Hawaii, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Neely helped to plan the $823,000 2010 conference that included a clown, a bike-building exercise and a mind reader. News outlets dug up photos of his family vacation in Hawaii that his daughter posted on Facebook and photos from various GSA trips that his wife posted on Google Plus.
April 17, 2012
GSA whistle-blower testifies on excessive spending scandal
April 17, 2012 LA Times Jeff Neely reported to "himself".
WASHINGTON -- In a display of bureaucratic gymnastics, Jeff Neely, the official at the heart of the General Services Administration conference scandal, reported to two people: a senior counsel at the agency, and himself. Neely was both the Pacific Rim region commissioner for the Public Buildings Service and the region’s acting administrator -- the top GSA position in the area -- Susan Brita, the agency’s deputy administrator, said at a congressional hearing Tuesday. That dual authority appears to have contributed to his ability to rack up vast bills for conferences using taxpayer money.