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-- -- -- -- I'm only an update to -- actually outrageous story you know don't remember the GSA -- more than 800000 dollars -- lavish Las Vegas conference.
After taking fire or that extreme waste of taxpayer money the GSA recommended dozens of employees would get best.
What executive who was fired just got his job back but that's at all.
-- Jenkins has more.
I don't remember this guy that's trusted public servant Jeff -- of the GSA who organized that 800000 dollar.
Lavish conference in Las Vegas complete with close mind readers in this media -- He was dragged before congress to account for his actions but instead chose to repeatedly invoked his fifth -- and -- right.
-- mister chairman on the advice of my counsel I respectfully decline to answer based upon my Fifth Amendment constitutional privilege but -- didn't stop the lawmakers from voicing their outrage over the GSA's betrayal of the public's trust.
-- was allowed to quietly retire that this guy.
Paul Friday a regional commissioner involved in the planning and someone who once held the title of acting administrator of the GSA.
Did lose his job for conduct unbecoming of a federal official.
The GSA said he knew or should have known about the questionable or excessive expenditures.
Well he got his job back.
Let me repeat that he got his job back a judge has ordered that he be reinstated and not only that he's getting eleven months back pay with -- Well and the federal government you actually have a lot of due process and personal cases.
Think if he'd been working at a private company and been fired he would not had much recourse.
He appeals his -- to this kind of -- panel called the Merit Systems Protection Board which is kind of like.
Like a judge and jury of in federal personal cases.
That that yes he had no reason to hire this guy because he now is it not -- was not involved in was planning the conference -- we knew was going on.
He actually didn't attend.
Lisa Ryan is a reporter with the Washington Post who's covered this issue extensively.
-- He's getting it.
Back pays well.
The judge in this case is an administrative law judge.
Said this is was this was not fair this man.
It was not at the conference he knew very little about -- the excesses that were planned for this conference.
He was head of the Denver office the conference was put on armed by the guy who ran the San Francisco office.
And there were four of these guys who who were in charge.
One guy Jeffrey nearly was forced to retired two others were fired but but did not.
-- their -- And -- -- Paul priority.
I think that one of the legs he had to stand on clearly was that because of a conflict he wasn't able to attend mr.
-- who became probably that the biggest household -- if there is one out of this scandal.
Police in California.
He they tried Jesse tried to fire him.
But through an arrangement with -- his lawyer I don't know the details he was allowed to retire which was a pretty sweet deal for him.
It means that he was a -- you know collect his full pension.
And to be -- she wasn't -- from the government.
Now we reached out to the folks here at the GSA to find out what they had to say about it they're not happy they issued this statement saying quote.
We are disappointed with the Merit Systems Protection Board drilling on this personnel matter we are exploring all of our available options including an appeal.
GSA -- taken strong action against those officials and we believe were responsible and will continue to do so where appropriate.
-- finally Greta we reached out to mr.
prodding through his attorney for an interview they declined in refuse to issue a statement.
But perhaps that will change if the GSA does indeed moved forward with an appeal to the decision and we'll be right here to cover.
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