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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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.'