GSA Neglecting Conditions of Government Buildings
Updated: Monday, November 19 2012, 09:25 AM EST
The General Services Administration, or GSA, is apparently too busy throwing parties to take note of the condition of government buildings it's charged with managing.
It is the same federal agency that spent hundreds of thousands of dollars for an over-the-top taxpayer paid party in Las Vegas, millions for executive bonuses and thousands more for private cooking lessons.
The GSA's primary mission is to document the condition of nearly 400 thousand buildings and to keep track of how the space is used. The buildings are owned by the Federal Government, bought with taxpayer money.
According to the Government Accountability Office, the GSA listed some buildings with collapsed roofs and a warehouse with radioactive contamination in excellent condition. The GAO reviewed the GSA's database earlier this year and found numerous errors.
The GSA says its database is not kept in real time. An official with the GAO told a house subcommittee on Monday that flawed data means a lack of ability to define costs and find ways to save taxpayers money.