Go Figure… GSA Chief Resigns After Blowing $823,000 in Vegas
In February 2010 Barack Obama warned Americans about going to Vegas and blowing their money.
Las Vegas officials were not amused.
But, once again, while Obama was lecturing working Americans on being frugal his administration was blowing $823,000 of taxpayer dollars on their own Vegas excursion.
The GSA chief resigned on Monday after it was leaked that the department blew $823,000 on a Vegas training conference.
The Washington Post reported, via Memeorandum:
The chief of the General Services Administration resigned, two of her top deputies were fired and four managers were placed on leave Monday amid reports of lavish spending at a conference off the Las Vegas Strip that featured a clown, a mind reader and a $31,208 reception.
Administrator Martha N. Johnson, in her resignation letter, acknowledged a “significant misstep” at the agency that manages real estate for the federal government. “Taxpayer dollars were squandered,” she wrote. At the start of her tenure in February 2010 she called ethics “a big issue for me.”
Public Buildings Service chief Robert A. Peck, a fixture in the Washington area real estate community on his second stint running the department, was forced out, along with Johnson’s top adviser, Stephen Leeds. Four GSA managers who organized the four-day conference in October 2010 have been placed on adminstrative leave, officials said.
The leadership collapse came hours before GSA Inspector General Brian D. Miller released a scathing report on the $823,000 training conference, held for 300 West Coast employees at the M Resort and Casino, an opulent hotel in Henderson, Nev., just south of Las Vegas. From $130,000 in travel expenses for six scouting trips to a $2,000 party in Peck’s loft suite, event planners violated federal limits on conference spending.
Being frugal is for the little people.