GSA Gave Vegas Party Commissioner $9K Bonus

5:55 PM, Apr 6, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - The Chairman of a House Committee investigating a lavish General Services Administration Las Vegas convention says the agency awarded the official responsible a $9,000 payroll bonus.

Meantime, the Member of Congress called out in a GSA video poking fun at the Administration's loose money isn't laughing at the satire rap. "This was a fiasco from planning to execution," said DC Congressmember Eleanor Holmes Norton. Excesses at every step of the way.

GSA officials showed the video featuring a GSA employee rapping about GSA employee award programs, spending, and avoiding the watchful eye of the Inspector General at the $822 grand convention.

GSA Deputy Commissioner David Foley joked to conventioneers that Norton was inquiring.
"Eleanor Holmes Norton, she has a couple of questions about executives that you mentioned outside. Something about going against the Obama Administration's discussion about executive pay and incentives," Foley said in the video.

Monday Foley's boss, Commissioner Robert Peck and another GSA executive were fired. GSA Administrator Martha Johnson resigned.
So far, Foley is still employed.

"This was such fun for them without thinking about the squandering of taxpayers' funds that they could make fun of what would happen if you got caught and they knew the last person they wanted to catch them was Eleanor Holmes Norton."

Friday, House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman John Mica released a statement disclosing the payroll bonus given to the GSA executive who was responsible for the event.
Mica also set the cost of an employee gift reward program at over $500,000.

"The Administration rewarded the GSA Regional Commissioner responsible for both of these actions with a $9,000 dollar cash bonus after receiving internal IG briefings on both scandals. And remember, this was at the time when President Obama announced a two-year federal employee pay freeze," Mica said.

Norton lauded Obama for making the best of a bad situation.
"The President took the top of the agency out immediately," Norton said. "He's already cleaned the place out, the people who were responsible."

This isn't the first time Peck and Johnson have been involved in a spending scandal.

Last year the two GSA leaders were called on the carpet during a Senate hearing for spending $233,000 to hire a PR firm to handle a TV investigation into sick and dead workers at a regional headquarters building.

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