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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.

Whistleblowers: Who guards the guards?

Government workers are under orders to blow the whistle if they spot waste, fraud or abuse. But, for many, that is easier said than done. What if the crook or clown is your immediate boss? Or your agency head? So who guards the guards?

Monday - 04/16/2012, 02:00am EDT

Committees set for slate of hearings on GSA spending

Current and former officials at the General Services Administration will face a gauntlet of congressional hearings this week, following reports of excessive spending on a 2010 regional training conference and other programs. In an interview on In Depth with Francis Rose, former Virginia Congressman and Chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Tom Davis shared his insights and what to look for during the hearings.

Sunday - 04/15/2012, 09:16pm EDT
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Issa requests conference list from all agencies

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has broadened the scope of Congress' probe into the GSA conference scandal, requesting a list of all overnight conferences attended by more than 50 employees at 23 federal agencies and departments.

Friday - 04/13/2012, 04:13pm EDT

GSA emails: Initial response to lavish spending 'not even a slap on the wrist'

Internal emails from the General Services Administration show high-level agency officials were aware of a spending problem months before the scandal burst into public view. And as early as last summer, officials disagreed over how to reprimand the employees responsible for excessive spending at a 2010 regional training conference.

Friday - 04/13/2012, 02:55pm EDT

Saving big bucks, the GSA scandal, and more

Allan Roth of CBS MoneyWatch and Federal Times reporters Andy Medici and Steve Losey join host Mike Causey on today's program.
April 11, 2012

Wednesday - 04/11/2012, 08:49pm EDT
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GSA presses employees for vigilance against waste, fraud, abuse

In a letter to employees, Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini and IG Brian Miller asked employees to be more vigilant to prevent waste, fraud and abuse. They said one of the most troubling aspects of the PBS conference incident was no one reported it or took action to stop it.

Wednesday - 04/11/2012, 04:59pm EDT

GSA: Thank you, thank you!

Members of Congress and media watchdogs are thoroughly outraged over GSA's meltdown in the Nevada desert. But those guardians of public morality and safety are also delighted at the foul-up, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. And we love those YouTube videos too.

Wednesday - 04/11/2012, 02:00am EDT

Sen. McCaskill gives GSA deadline for bonus program details

Acting General Services Administration chief Dan Tangherlini said the 'Hats Off' incentive program has been suspended. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who has promised an investigation into agency spending, said she's not sure GSA's actions are enough to change the culture.

Tuesday - 04/10/2012, 04:19pm EDT
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Analysis: GSA scandal detracts from bigger issue - budget deficit

Doug Holtz-Eakin, the former CBO director, discusses the latest CBO projections for the federal budget deficit.

Tuesday - 04/10/2012, 10:52am EDT
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Bad news, worse news: Feast or famine

After two weeks of dining on GSA's fiasco in the desert, the fickle American public is looking for some juicy, replacement news, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. It may be something to do with the Kardashians ... or even the Pentagon.

Tuesday - 04/10/2012, 02:00am EDT

GSA places deputy PBS Commissioner Foley on leave

David Foley, the deputy Public Buildings Service commissioner, becomes the fourth senior executive at headquarters to feel the aftershocks of the IG's scathing report on excessive spending and waste. Lawmakers have scheduled three hearings next week.

Monday - 04/09/2012, 07:28pm EDT

Holmes Norton: The GSA problem has been 'cured'

As lawmakers gear up for the first of several congressional hearings about the spending scandal at the General Services Administration, District of Columbia delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton told In Depth with Francis Rose that the inspector general and the president have "already cured the problem."

Monday - 04/09/2012, 07:17pm EDT
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GSA: Party animals or sacrificial lambs?

When your federal agency winds up as a top ten joke on the Jay Leno show, you know you are going to have some image problems for a long time, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Take the General Services Administration ...

Monday - 04/09/2012, 02:00am EDT

GSA scandal shows importance of crisis communications

When news broke of an internal investigation examining the General Services Administration's excessive spending on a 2010 regional training conference, some seized on it as the perfect example of wasteful government spending. But the way the news unfolded broadcast far and wide via social media and 24-hour news also provided a lesson in crisis communications, one expert says.

Friday - 04/06/2012, 08:52pm EDT
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House probes 'questionable' spending on GSA awards

During a briefing Wednesday with General Services Administration Inspector General Brian Miller, members of Congress learned of a GSA program that awarded employees $200,000 worth of electronics and gift cards. Congressmen Jeff Denham and John Mica have now asked the IG for the internal report.

Friday - 04/06/2012, 04:43pm EDT
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GSA conference video pokes fun at spending, IG

Video has surfaced from the lavish Las Vegas conference, which eventually led to the firing of two top officials and the resignation of GSA Administrator Martha Johnson amid an outcry over excessive spending. The video portrays an awards ceremony at the October 2010 Western Region Conference along with a music video created by a GSA employee that pokes fun at, among other things, GSA spending and inspector general investigations.

Thursday - 04/05/2012, 06:56pm EDT
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Analysis: Further actions against GSA commissioners remain a possibility

Although scandal rocked the General Services Administration's leadership this last week, it remains unclear whether the four regional commissioners out on leave would face criminal prosecution.

Thursday - 04/05/2012, 10:21am EDT
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Former GSA head faults regional commissioners in spending scandal

While Martha Johnson, Stephen Leeds, and Bob Peck were let go by GSA after the release of an inspector general's report this week, former GSA Acting Administrator Jim Williams told the Federal Drive the four regional commissioners involved also deserve blame.

Wednesday - 04/04/2012, 01:33pm EDT
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Rep. Mica: IG report is 'just the tip of the iceberg' of problems at GSA

The chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said he will hold a hearing when Congress returns from recess on the scathing IG report and other shortcoming at GSA's Public Building Service. Scott Amey of POGO said the management failures at GSA show a systemic problem.

Wednesday - 04/04/2012, 05:06am EDT
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GSA scandal highlights IG role, but vacancies persist

Aside from the abrupt personnel changes at the General Services Administration, the spending scandal highlighted the role of the agency inspector general in federal oversight. But it turns out many agencies and departments now lack an official IG, according to data maintained by the Project on Government Oversight.

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 10:21pm EDT
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