Investigation: GSA spent extra $270K on one-day conference
Doug McKelway reports from Washington
- Duration 3:58
- Date Jul 31, 2012
Doug McKelway reports from Washington
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Fox has exclusive new information on a government spending scandal investigators now looking into at least seventy more questionable events involving the GSA.
You may remember this moment from the previous conference that's former GSA administrator Jeff nearly.
In -- Vegas hot tub he had organized that conference that cost taxpayers more than half a million dollars.
Now the agency is being investigated once again.
This time for a one day conference in Virginia where they allegedly spent almost.
Dollars of taxpayer money including 21000.
For those drum -- you see in this video.
-- -- is live in Washington and Doug I understand this new round of investigation stems in part.
From what Fox News was able to uncover from a Freedom of Information Act request.
Yeah that's right Rick we found out that that Vegas conference the one with the big guy in the hot tub with a -- with a glass a wine.
Was in the words of the chairman -- just the tip of the iceberg we'd like to show you some video of another GSA -- this one and Crystal City Virginia -- 2010.
We're JC employees spent literally hours.
Just from -- they called a team exercise team building exercise but it looks like something that most people learn -- nursery school.
Far more troubling is that cash awards that were handed out to the attendees here are FOIA request resulted.
In this list of ward -- you've got seven.
Each with about fifteen names for page each of these people averaged about a thousand dollars cash reward.
Of taxpayer money that totals three point six million dollars.
-- in a company that provides extravagant travel or conference's.
It's going to be affecting the company's bottom line and individuals who take advantage probably get fired.
But it's pretty rare in the government for someone to abuse taxpayer dollars.
And end up.
In trouble in fact in most cases the incentive for agencies because of the budget process.
Is to spend every penny and sometimes more that congress appropriates.
They tried to do everything they -- that cover up the October 2010.
Las Vegas fiasco.
Conference one day.
More and a quarter million dollars wasteful spending by.
20000 dollars worth -- drum -- 35000 dollars worth the picture frames a 104000.
Dollars to a consultant to do one day conference.
And now we're hearing that there are dozens more and that we're getting a little bit of information that time so we're gonna drag and all of the the parties that are involved and hear from the inspector general I get to the bottom of this he could incredible.
-- -- In a statement Jaycee told Fox News quote as of April 2012 all spending for events including training conference's leadership events team building exercises award ceremonies worse suspended.
The 2010 awards ceremony was an annual event and has been in the existence going back to twenty to -- 2002.
Under the new GSA leadership these events in this type of spending are.
Not tolerated -- Rick there's some evidence that it that it has continued and that's one thing that Mike wants to export hearing tomorrow.
We talked to the congressman a little while ago he said that there were.
Perhaps as many as seven.
GSA took part in what do we know about more of the stuff.
Well with from our examination of these FOIA documents we have uncovered over fifty such conferences since January 2009 chairman Mike as you -- says the figure -- 77.
But our -- request found several conferences have no record of spending we're talking about no receipts.
No way to account for the cost associated with travel and conference spending it's just a total mystery.
Where this taxpayer money went very well hearings begin on Wednesday and we'll be watching and listening to make LA in Washington for us thanks got.