New Information about Wasteful Spending at GSA

Today, the Subcommittee received notice from GSA Inspector General Brian Miller that, at the request of GSA Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini, the Office of Inspector General was reviewing a one-day conference held by GSA in 2010.  The conference, which cost more than $268,000, was held to celebrate employees who had received bonus awards.  Among the costs of the conference were $20,000 for 4,000 drumsticks which were given to attendees, $28,000 for 4,000 “time temperature picture frames”, and $7,700 for a reception for 200 attendees featuring hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and a violinist and guitarist.  Chairman McCaskill has asked the Inspector General to provide additional information about this and other conferences under review.