GSA Can't Answer Hearing Questions On $30 Million Unreported Bonuses Exposed By WUSA9

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - A GSA official testifying Wednesday before a Congressional probe into $30 million bonus dollars exposed by WUSA9 said she couldn't answer questions about bonuses.

"I will have to have someone get back to you on that," said GSA's chief administrative services officer, Cynthia Metzler. "I don't have it since it's not part of my responsibilities."

To see the original 9 Wants to Know unreported bonus investigation that prompted the Congressional probe, click here.

Lawmakers wanted answers about a total of $44 million in bonuses, $8 million in overtime, and $7 million in leave pay exposed by the WUSA9 investigation.


House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman John Mica (R-Fl.) expressed specific concern about the four officials our investigation identified as earning $50,000 or larger bonuses in fiscal year 2011.

"A $50,000 bonus went to regional commissioner who is being investigated for Las Vegas conference," Mica said. Those who got them were some of the abusers."

"Do you know anything about total number of bonuses expended," Mica asked Metzler, the only GSA official who attended the hearing.

"No, I do not," Metzler responded.

Metzler said GSA Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini did not attend because of a previously planned family matter.

Mica said, until the 9 Wants to Know investigation, the Committee had only known about ten million dollars in GSA bonuses.

"The media discovered 34 million on top of that, so we have $44 million in bonuses," Mica said. "Absolutely stunning amount."

U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) tried to get Metzler to disclose the scope of the bonuses at GSA., but the GSA official said she didn't have that information.

Metzler turned her back on reporters trailing her with questions about bonuses and conference spending.

She declined to answer 9 Wants to Know questions about bonuses.

Congress member Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) ordered the Inspector General of GSA to investigate the bonuses and compare them to other agencies government-wide.

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