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Shakeup at GSA
On Monday, April 2, 2012, General Services Administration chief Martha Johnson stepped down from her post after firing Bob Peck, the commissioner of the Public Buildings Service, and GSA adviser Stephen Leeds. The shakeup in the administration came on the heels of an inspector general report that detailed excessive spending by the agency at a conference in 2010. Read Federal News Radio's full coverage of the Shakeup at GSA.
Senators call for GSA chief to look at PBS structure
Tuesday - 5/22/2012, 2:49pm EDT
In a letter to Tangherlini, the senators tied the Las Vegas conference to long-standing federal property management waste.
"The details that have been brought forth regarding [GSA]'s mismanagement of its 2010 Western Regional Conference have raised serious questions in the minds of many about how our government is managing taxpayer funds, as well as our efforts to curb wasteful spending," the letter began.
It then cited figures from a 2009 report from the Government Accountability Office estimating that the federal government loses $1.7 billion annually for the cost of excess and underutilized buildings.
"As you conduct your internal review and advance efforts to strengthen internal controls and oversight within the agency, we ask that you consider the structure of GSA's Public Buildings Service and the need to address long-standing property management problems so that we can minimize wasteful spending," the letter concluded.
The lawmakers who signed the letter include Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.). They are also sponsors of the Federal Real Property Asset Management Reform Act of 2012, which they introduced in March, before the scandal broke.
They said the bill could facilitate the disposal of underutilized and unneeded federal property.
"In fact, every year since 2003, the GAO has placed real property management on its list of 'high risk' government activities, citing long-standing problems with excess and underutilized property; deteriorating and aging facilities; unreliable property data; and a heavy reliance on costly leasing instead of ownership to meet new needs," the senators said.
The senators did not specify what, if anything, in PBS's structure they thought needed to change.