As Congress investigates an $823,000 General Services Administration conference at a Las Vegas resort, a fired GSA executive who threw a party there on the taxpayers’ dime has been sent a letter by his former agency demanding $1,960 reimbursement for the party in his room.
Robert Peck was set to testify in the second day of hearings before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on the agency’s misuse of taxpayers’ money. Peck was commissioner of the Public Buildings Service at the GSA, which is in charge of federal buildings and supplies.
Another witness, current Deputy Commissioner Susan Brita, was instrumental in asking Inspector General Brian Miller to investigate the 2010 conference. His stinging report was made public April 2. Since then, the agency head resigned, two deputies, including Peck, were fired and 10 employees have been placed on administrative leave.
Brita had emailed Peck in July that the inspector general found no substantive agenda for the Las Vegas conference. She said expenses for a clown suit, bicycles used for a team-building exercise, tuxedos and a mind-reader didn’t lend themselves to the claim of a substantive conference.
Brita also questioned why a regional administrator in charge of the conference, Jeffrey Neely, received only a disciplinary letter that “is not even a slap on the wrist.”
Read More at OfficialWire. By Larry Margasak, AP.
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