GSA Hearing Preview
Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 09:22 PM EDT
After repeated scandals about wasteful spending, some lawmakers want to make certain the waste has stopped at the General Services Administration. Lawmakers will grill that two top leaders of the GSA in a Congressional hearing on Wednesday. Here are five things every tax payer should know.
The outrageous spending begins with the $823,000 Las Vegas party at which what was supposed to be a "Team Building" Conference in 2010.
An investigation in 2011 revealed waste that included expenses like $3,000 for a mind reader, $6,000 in commemorative coins and $37,000 for t-shirts. An administrator and two top executives resigned after the scandal. Martha Johnson, a GSA administrator said, "I personally apologize to the American people. As the head of the agency responsible for this, I deeply regret this.."
But that opened the door to investigations into many other GSA parties and programs, even down to cooking classes for employees, all paid for with taz payers money.
The GSA was established in 1949 as a way to streamline government's administrative work. On it's website, the GSA says it helps the federal government because it's policies promote efficient government operations.
However, a summer investigation revealed that the nine highest payed employees at GSA make more than $210,000 a year. The GSA also paid their Deputy Manager a $79,000 bonus. Three other commissioners received more than $50,000 in bonuses.
That's not all. An Electrician Supervisor took home more than $115,000 in overtime pay last year, about equal to his yearly salary. Either other employees made more than $75,000 in overtime.