Bush to blame for GSA woes?
Former GSA administrator fires back
- Duration 6:52
- Date Apr 9, 2012
Former GSA administrator fires back
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New developments today with the scandal that broke last week about the government services administration conference in Vegas this is a group that's supposed to be bargaining.
And federal contracts to keep the cost down.
-- Instead they how the copper in sport just some of their employees 300 out in Vegas that cost the taxpayers more than 800000.
People dollars for some 300 federal workers to have a good time and -- connect.
Now we're getting a look at some of that good time there -- more ridiculous mocking videos including this one with the angry office -- You know six gladiators you get through the entire conference -- -- smoke.
Hey it's right well we'll focus on I don't know -- rather.
It was enough and I -- Yet you get the picture.
What should be tax -- who are angry you're the ones paying for that.
Later on the clown says government if you think the problems we -- bad just wait until you see our solutions.
-- -- -- Has come out criticized these videos in the shocking spending but now is suggesting that we look to the Bush Administration if we really.
Wanna -- the appropriate blame here.
-- -- dealt with the TSA administrator under president George W.
-- -- thank you very much so much for being here so let me here.
-- this that this statement from the Obama administration is at least we have taken the bold swift forceful action to hold those responsible accountable.
And put in place protections to make sure this never happened again.
If Bush Administration folks have acted under their watch.
It's quite trend the 2010 debacle.
Could have been avoided and they are reporting that day had provided these numbers.
And appointing this is justification for their new position that it is the Bush Administration to blame and I wanna show the numbers they say it -- this conference -- in Portland of the GSA.
Was 93000 bucks.
By 2006 when you're running the joint -- ballooned to 323000.
And then two years later it was up more than double.
Well about yet more than doubled to 655000.
Needing -- to 2010 what it was up to 840000.
They say it -- also that ballooning happened under George W.
Bush not under Barack Obama your thoughts.
-- -- all it's just so clear that the Obama administration is in crisis mode so where to Begin first.
I question the numbers and I'd love to see a line item breakdown.
Of what's in each of these numbers I'm not gonna just trust -- the gate.
Secondly just looking at the locations of the conference -- looks like -- confused.
What is a local regional conference whip whip the -- is that we're nationwide.
Which had more than you know 300 people out and some of them had several thousands of people -- so I think they're comparing apples to oranges.
But I think you -- really is once again -- Obama administration's attempt to divert.
Attempt to divert attention from these troubling videos because.
What when you look at the video some of them talk about things like DA 61 BA 54 and the average American may not be aware of this.
But these are categories of budget authorities -- a budget spending allocation line items.
That cover renovations.
Building projects infrastructure.
Anti hero did GSA employees or any federal government employee making a joke -- -- wasting taxpayer money at a time when we have so many Americans.
Who are -- -- is a real travel.
-- and I wanna get you know I've.
Listen you had troubles when you're running this agency is well that we're well publicized Gretchen Carlson asked you about them this morning up FOX & Friends that videos posted online right now for our viewers -- -- don't.
Like to say one thing -- -- you may be at the investigator may be allegations against me.
He pleaded guilty to making false statements to congress so okay -- a little bit different.
But -- but I it was in the reason I want it seems like the Obama administration is pointing to you and other GSA administrators under President Bush because they -- -- talk about the ballooning costs.
Of these conferences which is where I would took it with you.
I do want to talk about the cost of the Obama conference.
The conference under President Obama this is one region the southwest region 300 employees get together and just our viewers -- look at a couple of the cost.
Average breakfast for the employees out there this is each federal employee 44 dollars who is 44 dollars on breakfast when you're traveling -- -- company -- They rented tuxedos on our dime to the tune of almost 400 dollars because they needed a few guys to dress up and tuxedos really we had to pay for that.
Think about you in your your family and -- there at 22 million Americans who were either underemployed or unemployed right now or paint these people to dress up in tuxedos.
And one in her own party was almost a brand another interim party almost to -- another in -- -- Almost three grant the list goes god they wanted everybody out there to -- yearbook of their little trip.
That cost the taxpayers 8100.
Dollars over 8000 dollars and -- going to be your -- Fifteens come -- -- can't teens almost 3000 dollars a taxpayer money.
Coins first happened velvet -- -- we had -- -- velvet box is 6300.
Some of the managers want a little vests they want a little sweater vest so we had to pay two grand for that not just that we read -- But when they went -- there -- scout the trip in Vegas not only did they scouted the M hotel which provided them with.
-- incredible too sweet to story loss but of course they had to stay at the Ritz Carlton.
Because they considered having a whole -- out there I mean my head's about to explode you've you've.
-- me and alliances meg meg and so is mine and none of these costs a justifiable they're just -- way out of control.
This is not what GSA's about -- about saving the American taxpayers money.
And getting the very best bargain on behalf of the American people and that is not what's happening and -- -- to try to blank.
This poor management -- leadership on the Bush Administration.
Is absolutely abominable he should be so ashamed of -- to -- and what can be done about this now.
I think it starts of course with leadership but when you get down play.
Do you think has abused the trust of the American people and they're gonna have to earn it back and that's going to be really hard but.
A -- and business you say.
What is monitored and measured is managed and I think that's what's gonna have to -- you gonna have to be a lot closer watching on the expenditures at GSA do you blame these workers or do you blame their managers are both.
I blame both because we -- all adults and each of us have to take responsibility for actions but.
My heart breaks to think that at this agency we could have.
TSA employees who are making jokes about wasting building funds and then have managers approving these videos and then even giving awards.
For making these kinds of negative morale demoralizing videos it's just heartbreaking for the American people.
-- -- thank you.
Thank you man.