SPECIAL REPORT

GSA Turmoil

With the revelations out that General Service Administration officials spent excessively at a Las Vegas training conference, the agency was turned upside down. Officials resigned and the story will continue in hearings and oversight.
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SPECIAL REPORT

Obama Asks Acting GSA Chief to Stay On Permanently

May 22, 2013 Dan Tangherlini has presided over reforms since Las Vegas conference spending scandal.

Tom Coburn, R-Okla., is one of two Senators who made the request in a letter to PRC Chairwoman Ruth Goldway.

Committee Wants Update on Postal Regulatory Commission Travel Spending

April 19, 2013 Chairwoman has been under scrutiny since last year; cooperated with previous inquiry.

GSA Appeals Official’s Reinstatement, But Restores His Pay

April 16, 2013 Agency challenges MSPB judge’s ruling overturning removal of Paul Prouty as fallout from Las Vegas conference scandal continues.

GSA Continues Belt-Tightening, Cancels Two More Conferences

March 18, 2013 Agency demand down for annual FeDForum and SmartPay events.

GSA Exec Dismissed During Spending Scandal Gets His Job Back

March 13, 2013 MSPB rules Paul Prouty was wrongfully dismissed, orders back pay.

GSA 's Dan Tangherlini suggested a big future for “crowd sourcing.”

Hunting for 'Great Ideas' Should Be an Everyday Affair, GSA Chief Says

March 5, 2013 Employee suggestions have saved $6 million so far.

Managers Coalition to Lawmakers: Not All Conferences Are Bad

February 28, 2013 Group argues that events are necessary for networking, educational opportunities.

The event was originally scheduled to take place in Orlando, Fla.

GSA Cancels This Year’s Training Conference and Expo

February 22, 2013 Annual event allows procurement officials to network with private contractors.

Postal Service Defends Pricey Conference as Chance to Boost Revenue

February 20, 2013 Agency sees $2 million tab as an investment into major business opportunities.

Agencies Justify Conference Tabs Above $100,000

February 8, 2013 Spending reports submitted to OMB to comply with Obama anti-waste campaign.

Former Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne oversaw the renovation.

A $222K bathroom redo at Interior wouldn't happen today, GSA says

January 18, 2013 Former Bush Interior Secretary Kempthorne saw through 'top shelf' upgrades, report says.

Trade shows like the ESRI convention draw thousands of visitors.

Poll: Feds expect to attend fewer events this year

January 11, 2013 Tight budgets force government employees to anticipate fewer training and trade show opportunities.

Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa.

House backs unpaid leave for senior execs under investigation

December 19, 2012 Bill clears chamber with overwhelming bipartisan support; will move to the Senate.

GSA acquisition chief returns

November 30, 2012 Kempf has a new title.

In his letter, Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., said he is troubled that the planned changes “may limit the federal government’s ability to afford small businesses the maximum practicable opportunity to compete."

Lawmaker pressures GSA on plan to trim obsolete contract offerings

November 29, 2012 House Small Business chairman calls demand-based approach unfair and costly.

Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary W. Scott Gould

Hearing on Veterans Affairs conference spending turns combative

November 28, 2012 VA official accuses lawmakers of taking a 'slap' at hardworking employees, panel chairman takes offense at the suggestion and declares 'truce' over.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.

Issa video alleging lavish White House state dinners prompts ethics complaint

November 8, 2012 CREW accuses oversight panel chairman of pre-election politics in violation of House rules.

Energy Department advised to keep a closer eye on contractor travel

October 24, 2012 IG cites 90,000 foreign trips costing $300 million over six years.

Commerce Department headquarters

Commerce Department conference costs can be hard to pin down

October 22, 2012 IG finds many reports are based on estimates and not actual expenses.

Army spent 13 times as much on 2010 conference as GSA spent in Vegas

October 16, 2012 Service says comparing the two events would be 'misleading.'

GSA's Dan Tangherlini

GSA strives to become the 'civilian DARPA'

October 12, 2012 Novel office layout and mobile technology boost productivity, Tangherlini says.

Homeland Security IG disputes charge of wasteful spending

October 11, 2012 Says research group inaccurately described $700,000 used for year-end awards.

Agencies still buying iPods, yo-yos, coins and other swag

October 10, 2012 Probe finds federal offices are disregarding executive order on promotional spending.

Congressional Republicans call for resignation of VA chief of staff

October 10, 2012 Letter cites lack of oversight on excessive conference spending.

The Orlando World Center Marriott was the site of the conference.

Veterans Affairs’ overspending at conferences linked to poor contract execution

October 5, 2012 SRA and Marriott deals weren't properly reviewed, IG says.

Former Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration John Sepulveda resigned Sunday.

VA cited for excessive conference spending and ‘weak’ leadership

October 1, 2012 CHCO steps down after probe into two conferences costing more than $6.1 million.

Top Veterans Affairs HR exec resigns ahead of IG report

October 1, 2012 Auditors find misconduct and misuse of taxpayer dollars at two 2011 conferences.

Former GSA official Jeff Neely

CBO: Placing feds on unpaid leave wouldn’t really affect spending

September 17, 2012 Bill lets agencies stop paying senior execs accused of wrongdoing for up to 180 days pending an investigation.

Acting General Services Administration chief Dan Tangherlini

GSA outlines progress cracking down on bonuses, pricey conferences

September 12, 2012 Acting chief details steps to improve accountability.

GSA spent $7.7 million on four years of virtual employee travel

September 4, 2012 Telework program aimed to save money by reducing office space.

The Cumberland River runs through Nashville.

GSA investigator was too aggressive at Nashville conference, memo alleges

September 4, 2012 IG accused of ‘jack-booted secret police style tactics.’

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.

GSA projects $11 million savings from canceled conferences

August 28, 2012 Travel curbs show results as GOP demands figures on past agency gatherings.

Survey: Feds can and should continue attending conferences

August 23, 2012 Training and sharing best practices cited as main benefits; 3 percent admit to going for the prizes and giveaways.

Employees help GSA save millions annually

August 23, 2012 Agency is implementing five proposals that will cut costs by $5.5 million a year.

VA’s pricey ‘Patton’ spoof draws heat from lawmakers

August 22, 2012 HR office’s video reportedly cost $52,000.

GSA seeks more savings in travel spending

August 22, 2012 Freezing per diem rates was first step in reducing costs.

Politics and the GSA Scandal

August 22, 2012 Former Public Buildings Service Commissioner lands on his feet.

FAA’s last-minute denial of conference funds irks black employee group

August 20, 2012 Concern over image of training sessions in Las Vegas prompted policy change.

Paul Prouty attended the 2009 Homeland Security groundbreaking ceremony.

GSA exec challenges dismissal that followed scandal

August 16, 2012 Paul Prouty appeals to MSPB, news report says.

GSA freezes per diem rates at 2012 levels

August 14, 2012 Move is part of a governmentwide effort to curb travel spending.