Only in federal government jobs can an employee get paid to plan parties,drink,sit in hot tubs and in expensive Vegas hotel rooms, and not get fired! Drinking on work time and tax payers’ dimes!
You can read the full report here by the Office of the Inspector General.
The conference cost us $823,000. That’s pennies when put in context of the federal budget, but it’s the waste, fraud and abuse that is infuriating. For example:
–Conference planners spent $130,000 on two “scouting trips” to Vegas and five off-site planning meetings where government employees wined and dined themselves.
–The GSA spent nearly $150,000 on catering for the conference, including $5,500 for three semi-private in-room parties and $31,000—or $95 per person—on a closing reception.
–In one team-building exercise, attendees put together 24 bicycles at a cost $75,000.
–Thousands were spent on commemorative coins and a mind reader was paid $3,200 to provide entertainment.
–When the projected room costs went over budget, GSA shifted costs to the food and beverage side.
–Emails show that GSA official Jeff Neely organized a private party during the conference and had his wife, who does not work for GSA, invite personal friends, on the taxpayer’s dime. Wrote Neely, “I know. I’m bad. But as Deb (his wife) and I often say, why not enjoy it while we have it and while we can. Ain’t going to last forever.”