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GSA Employees Who Work from Home Racked Up $750,000 in Travel Expenses
Matt Bewig – (AllGov) – June 03, 2012 – The Public Buildings Service (PBS) of the General Services Administration (GSA) has yet another scandal on its hands. PBS has been plagued by a series of scandals since April 2008, when GSA Administrator Lurita Doan was asked by the Bush White House to resign because of serious allegations of conflicts of interest and use of federal properties managed by PBS for partisan purposes, which is prohibited by the Hatch Act. Her successor, Martha Johnson, was brought in by President Obama to clean things up, but she had to resign in April 2012 after the release of an inspector general’s report that bluntly detailed wasteful spending for a PBS training conference for 300 people in Henderson, Nevada, which cost $822,751, or $2,742.50 per person. (Click HERE for article)

Virginia-based Defense Contractor Calnet to Pay $18.1 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Lawsuit
(DoJ) – June 1, 2012 – Calnet Inc. has agreed to pay the United States $18.1 million to resolve allegations that the company submitted false claims to the Department of Defense, the Justice Department announced today. Calnet Inc., an intelligence analysis, information technology and language services company, is headquartered in Reston, Virginia.

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Twofer Tuesday at government watchdog GSA

Last Tuesday the media announced GSA employee, Joan Freitag Ryan has been indicted on conflict interest charges. She also allegedly accepted gratuities from a contractor.  This Tuesday an announcement that Martha Johnson, head of GSA has resigned for partying down in Las Vegas on the taxpayer’s dime.   

This is the government entity charged with safeguarding our tax dollars from procurement fraud and  manage the suspension and debarment system.  They also hold the keys to the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS). 

Looks like the fox is guarding the hen house. ~Forseti

Report Details Overspending That Led To GSA Head’s Resignation

Ryan J. Reilly – April 3, 2012 – The inspector general report that led to the resignation of the head of the General Services Administration detailed vast overspending at a 2010 conference near Las Vegas, including a $75,000 team building exercise in which participants constructed bicycles.

The report, made public on Monday afternoon, details “excessive, wasteful, and in some cases impermissible” expenses incurred during the October 2010 conference at the M Resort Spa Casino outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. About 300 people attended the conference, which cost $820,000. One GSA official told those planning the conference to make it “over the top.”

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