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Dan Tangherlini, GSA's New Chief, Makes His First Statement On Scandal

10:43 PM, Apr 10, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- "Completely unacceptable" is how Acting General Services Administrator Dan Tangherlini frames the scandal that ended in the resignation of the agency's Administrator and seven others ending up fired or on administrative leave.

Tagherlini made the comments in a GSA produced video statement.

"What took place was completely unacceptable," Tangherlini said. "There were violations of travel rules, acquisition rules and good conduct."

Former Administrator Martha Johnson resigned last week shortly after the White House leaked an inspector General report revealing a lavish Las Vegas conference.

According to the report, GSA officials stayed in a 2,400 square foot, two story hotel suites at the M Resort during an $820,000 conference.

"Those responsible violated rules of common sense, the spirit of public service and the trust that America's tax payers have placed in all of us," Tangherlini said in the statement. "We're committed to making the situation right and restore trust with our client agencies and with the nation."

Tangherlini said the agency has started an agency wide review and is evaluating ways to be more efficient.

He also announced the closing of the controversial GSA's Hats Off Store, which according to Congressman John Mica (R-Fl), spent $438,750 on "lavish gifts for employees" over a three year period.

"It is a signal that our commitment is to our service, our duty, and our nation and not to conferences, awards or parties," Tangherlini said.

In the statement the acting Administrator pointed out the irony of GSA being caught up in a travel scandal, while the agency sets standards for all executive federal agencies.

"Among other things, GSA creates and manages the rules and regulations governing travel and conferences," Tangherlini said. "As a result the actions of those responsible cut to the heart of what we do."

You can see the entire GSA video at:  http://gsablogs.gsa.gov/gsablog/2012/04/10/a-message-from-acting-administrator-dan-tangherlini/

Written By Russ Ptacek

9 News Now and WUSA9.com

If you know about government waste or corruption, contact rptacek@wusa9.com and follow @russptacek on Twitter.

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