GSA spending spree prompts greater scrutiny of other agencies

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As the General Services Administration swiftly becomes the face of wasteful government spending, other federal agencies soon will have to take a closer look at their own checkbooks.

The nonpartisan government accountability watchdog group Cause of Action filed Freedom of Information Act requests Wednesday to 28 federal agencies and their inspectors general in an effort to uncover more instances of unchecked federal spending between January 2009 and the present, The Hill reported.

The requests ask for a reply within 20 business days, and seek to uncover uses of taxpayer dollars similar to the $6,325 the General Services Administration spent on coins commemorating a regional branch’s lavish 2010 Las Vegas conference. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is planning an April 19 hearing to discuss the conference spending.

The Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security, Education and State departments are some of the agencies for which Cause of Action is seeking spending records.

"Our economy is facing a recession, our government can't pass a budget, and federal agencies are choosing to spend taxpayer dollars on trinkets for their employees or third parties," Cause of Action Executive Director Dan Epstein told The Hill. “This is yet another example of frivolous and wasteful government spending that deserves to be exposed."

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