Winning Video from GSA’s Lavish Federal Vegas Retreat Revealed: ‘American Idle’
Days after the head of the General Services Administration resigned amid reports of lavish spending at a Las Vegas training conference, purported video of the winning skit from a conference competition has been released.
Agency head Martha Johnson stepped down Monday after it was revealed the conference — which featured a clown and a mind reader — cost American taxpayers approximately $835,000.
The video, posted to YouTube by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, features federal workers joking about never coming under inspector general investigation and on spending their operations funding “all on fun.” (And yes, the whiteboard with the to-do list does just have one objective: “Lunch.”)
Obama better prepare, when I’m Commissioner.
I’d have a road show like [Acting Regional GSA Administrator Jeffrey] Neely, every time you see me rolling on 20s yeah, in my GOV.
Spend BA 61 all on fun.
ATF can’t touch GS-15 guns!
Cause I buy everything your field office can’t afford.
Every GS-5 would get a top hat award.
Donate my vacation, love to the nation,
I’ll never be under OIG investigation.
According to the House Oversight Committee, the winner was congratulated and presented an award by Deputy Commissioner of the Public Building Service David Foley who joked “about the previous night’s lavish ‘party that was held in the commissioner’s suite,’ having to respond to congressional oversight and Obama administration efforts to restrict executive pay.”
GSA spokesman Adam Elkington on Thursday called the video “another example of the complete lack of judgement exhibited during Western Regions conference.”
“Our agency continues to be appalled by this indefensible behavior, and we are taking every step possible to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.”
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The General Services Administration’s regional agency that has come under fire for a lavish employee conference in Las Vegas gave away more than $200,000-worth of iPods, gift cards and other items to employees as part of a staff award program.
The Pacific Rim region of GSA, which oversees federal property in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada, ran a previously undisclosed “Hats Off” program for employees that allowed them to redeem reward points for tax funded items, giftcards and electronics, including iPods.
According to a statement by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the awards had little relation to employee performance.
“People could be given points for anything from a quality work product to simply brightening the workplace and being a pleasant person,” said a Hill staffer, present at a GSA inspector general briefing given to staff members of the Transportation and Infrastructure committee on Wednesday. “You could give and receive points to and from anyone and there was nothing preventing quid-pro-quo.”
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