Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Disconnect. I Believe You Have One...

GSA head resigns over 'wasteful' Las Vegas seminar
(CNN) -- The head of the General Services Administration resigned Monday after a scathing report that called government spending on a training seminar in Las Vegas "excessive, wasteful, and in some cases impermissible."

The White House put out a statement that President Barack Obama was "outraged" when he found out about the spending. GSA Administrator Martha Johnson admitted in a letter of resignation that her agency had made a "significant misstep" and that "taxpayer dollars were squandered."
They spent nearly a million bucks sending 300 GSA employees to Vegas for training. The GSA, remember, is the government arm responsible for procurement for the Federal government. GSA contracts are supposed to represent a "best price" when making an offer to the government for goods or services. In plain English, a business intent on offering something to the government under "GSA pricing" generally needs to show that this is as low or lower than the best pricing available to other customers. It's intended to streamline the procurement process and save the government money.

Apparently so the department's employees can live the good life in Vegas...

I love this part, though:
President Obama was informed about the report last week before his South Korean trip and administration officials said he acted quickly. "[H]e was outraged by the excessive spending, questionable dealings with contractors, and disregard for taxpayer dollars," White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew said in a statement Monday.
Was this before or after Michelle jetted off to Spain for the weekend, or before your daughter vacationed in Mexico with full security detail? The $800K spent in Vegas pales in comparison to the $10Mil spent on vacations, doesn't it? And disregard for taxpayer dollars? You mean like letting the ATF buy guns through straw purchases and funnel them to Mexico? The real irony is that the Senate Republicans who stonewalled Johnson's appointment as head of the GSA were slammed by the White House for doing so.

Looks like they could have saved the American people a good chunk of change had they kept stonewalling...

That is all.


notDilbert said...

After Spain and Hawaii and....

but appparently before Michele and the girls went to Vegas to meet Taylor Swift.


Anonymous said...

Vegas is a great place to do training: low cost flights from just about any US city, cheap hotels and food.

I went to yearly ITAR seminars to stay current at my old job and saved ~$500 over the same course in DC or Dallas.

Of course I didn't put shows, drinks and gambling losses on my expense reports.