At Scandal-Ridden Federal Agency, All Sorts Of Abuses

I wonder how far back they are going to check into the actions of the GSA. I know for a fact, from a state government perspective, there is waste in government spending. Some of the contracts that are used can cost twice as much as a regular store. There are varying degrees to government waste and I think GSA is only the tipping point.

 How bad are things at the General Services Administration, where the scandal over extravagant spending at a Las Vegas conference has led to resignations, firings and could end up with criminal charges for some officials?

 "Every time we turned over a stone we found 50 more with all kinds of things crawling out," GSA Inspector General Brian Miller told a House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee this morning, The Associated Press reports.

According to the AP, Miller also said he has recommended criminal charges be filed against Jeff Neely, the GSA official who organized the conference. Neely, who on Monday invoked his Fifth Amendment rights in declining to testify before one House committee, did not appear at today's hearing.

As we've previously reported, Miller and his staff found that GSA spent more than $800,000 on the four-day conference in 2010. The event included a mind-reader, clowns, nearly $150,000 spent on food and beverages, and commemorative coins that cost more than $6,000.

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