GSA executives worried about image of lavish conferences
Officials brace for grilling over scandal
- Duration 5:20
- Date Apr 13, 2012
Officials brace for grilling over scandal
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Just take all of the day outlandish spending reports piling up so big and so -- that more than a few lawmakers are now questioning whether we've -- -- -- Jim Angle on un agency not only under fire but under serious threat -- -- Hello -- well I gather under serious threat -- they're gonna really getting going over on Monday when.
A congressional committee starts taking a look at all the stuff we've been talking about the latest of course GSA executives worried among themselves back last year about how the media would see those lavish -- for employees to Las Vegas and Hawaii.
And whether mind readers clown suits that you're so fond of and expensive hotels might -- -- -- something other than serious substantive government work.
Some officials worried the Washington Post would describe the trips.
-- -- -- You can't stop yourself can I love I don't know if it so -- creeping up but the fact.
-- -- for the GSA tribute.
So some officials worry that they're watching composed.
Would describe the trip says the GSA squandering almost a million taxpayer dollars at a time of high unemployment.
They also worried how the public and especially congress wouldn't you all that.
They now know the answer to that one outrage over one revelation after another.
Now investigators have found another thing to be upset about GSA interns had a conference at the Palm Springs Riviera resort in spot.
Which included a catered awards ceremony but still played employs -- per Diem allowance for food.
By classifying a 75 to 100 dollar -- person -- today as light refreshments.
Now they didn't have clouds but some who attended the conference also reportedly stated suites which the resort described -- opulent.
Republican congressman John Mica of Florida says quote.
GSA has been spreading the taxpayers well providing -- -- junkets not only -- high level executives but for his interns as well.
He noted in terms and congress often where got a storage areas or even -- ways.
And do not get sent to resort -- -- for a week on the taxpayer's dime another congressman represented Jeff -- -- argues that such things.
Putting such things on the taxpayers' tab demand serious action for what he calls a blatant waste of taxpayer dollars listen.
We certainly want to -- call in all of the individuals that have already been fired or -- administrative leave.
But we wanna go much deeper look to new acting director to command and explain.
How he's made.
The changes so that this will never happen again.
So dale -- says the extent of waste and misuse of taxpayer dollars by GSA appears to have no end as he put it.
All of which will get a full airing when hearings Begin on Monday -- do Republicans think.
In that this is registering or that they're going on and overboard to -- at expedition that that.
Most people when they hear this story described -- in the owing to our cynical -- from their shoulders and say -- The government again how are they trying to distinguish what's going on here with what's happened let's say -- in some cases -- -- -- and what happened.
Well you know it's it's -- -- to -- -- -- it's not only Republicans as you heard from what I was saying earlier even the people inside the agency.
We're concerned about this they look at this and say wait a minute when people take a look at what we're doing we're going to these resorts -- spending a lot of money we're going to lavish places we're flying to Hawaii for five days for a one hour ribbon cutting.
But be able look at all that -- they got to thank.
They were worried that that would -- it would think exactly what congress is thinking exactly what Republican lawmakers are arguing which is that the GSA was out of control.
There's one other thing -- there's there's a regional director who -- seasoned person.
Was worried about his his ratings and his bonuses.
He got a -- letter a milder.
Reviewed if you will.
One person inside GSA said he's expected to display the highest standards of common sense and prudent financial management he didn't either.
And then went on to chastise someone who sent a letter saying it wasn't even a slap on the wrist so even people inside the agency.
Believe that they aired believe they did something that the public they knew the public would be upset about.
And even in retrospect believe they didn't treat the people responsible for it.
Because isn't the issue here are going to be that a lot of these original -- division is Vegas incident and all that and this is this 2010 event.
But even the agency eternally kept following up but it later -- you know -- the president has already gone out there and and and said look I don't like this sort of stuff.
You're not exactly carrying his water.
No of course it's not clear that you know exactly what they thought they were doing and whether they thought it was okay.
To do this under President Obama are not but clearly look at the worst thing it is at all this for me is.
People flying to Hawaii for a one -- revenue -- and staying for five days.
Give -- a bright -- great.
Any anybody in an agency knows that that is not going to look good and and -- all of the information congress is getting is that they knew it would look good when it was -- -- the best buddy thank you very much Jim Angle on -- all over.