GSA spending scandal sparks other investigations
New questions about other events
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- Date Jul 31, 2012
New questions about other events
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New information on a potentially growing scandal at the General Services Administration thanks to a fox first from our.
Capitol Hill senior producer chat program we're -- congressional investigators are taking another look at the GSA.
For apparently -- organizing at least 77 other questionable events this of course in the wake of an incident.
Involving this high level GSA official Jeff -- who resigned recently after organizing that -- Las Vegas conference back in 2010.
All on the taxpayer dime joining us now the man the center of the new investigation Florida congressman John Mica.
Who is chairman of the house transportation committee congressman always good to see you so does this get worse than that -- -- picture that we just took a look at.
-- we're gonna find out more tomorrow we have a full life hearing where we now have the Virginia.
One day conference where they.
Also I had outrageous that taxpayer waste full spending.
One day conference quarter of a million dollars a 104 -- thousand dollars to a consultant for one day.
20000 dollars spent on drums -- -- -- 35000.
-- picture frames.
And we think yeah unfortunately.
They're dribbling this information out first we saw Las Vegas than we saw Virginia.
And now we're told there may be as many as seven more than seven the conferences we're gonna have to look at.
Talk to us about the your investigators in the kind of cooperation they're getting from.
Folks at the GSA of course we've been talking about.
The investigation into the fast and furious program we know that the cooperation.
They -- the back and forth has not been great between.
The Justice Department a congressional investigators have your investigators.
Been able to get access to the information that they want to see in order to find out exact.
What was go on -- Well the -- cooperation now you that you remember we get rid of some of the people who were involved like nearly.
And the building commissioner and others so we're on our second level of GSA officials.
I have to say that cooperation has not been good.
We're finding out now even some of the media ask questions through floor area.
Information requests there that there are somewhat dated.
That they gave them different information for example on bonuses they gave us ten million dollars in bonuses now we find another thirty million from that.
Quarter some pretty even what the president requested.
We've been trying -- these empty federal buildings 141000.
A -- -- around the country work under utilize them.
-- tax Payer plus roll roll instead of costing taxpayers money.
And that cooperation has not been good their -- Whether it's these conferences that are multi million dollar wasteful spending or multi billion dollar projects that are.
Sitting -- buildings and and property sitting idle.
They're not cooperating -- acting in the interest of the public.
We should mention that since the initial outrage over the conference in Las Vegas the GSA.
Has announced a hiring freeze.
They're cutting performance bonuses for some of their top level.
Officials I read a piece in the Washington Post congressmen from a couple of months ago -- talked about the various hearings that have taken place on the hill a couple of which -- committee headed up.
Saying that these sessions demonstrated the congress is better at outrage.
Then -- side.
What kind assurances can you give.
To the American people that lawmakers in Washington are doing their jobs when it comes oversight to prevent this kind of thing from happening in the future.
Well and even back when we were in the minority somewhat eighteen months ago I produced a report that.
Entitle -- federal government must stop sitting on its -- the very first hearing we held within like two weeks isn't it.
Building -- then they have vacant for more than a decade two blocks from the White House stuff.
We have a record of actually going after this waste that that project incidentally within -- year were carrying that around to where a thousand people won't work there.
Instead of an eight million dollar loss a year for the taxpayers will have revenue maybe as much as ten million coming into the treasury.
So there's rhetoric and then there's action and I think we're taking action and holding people accountable.
Congressman John Mike is transportation committee holds its hearing.
On this tomorrow up on the hill will be watching with great interest congressman thanks so much for giving us a preview thank you good to be --