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Post conference scandals, agencies struggle to find balance

OMB reported agencies avoided spending $3 billion on travel and conferences in 2013 as compared to 2010. Senate lawmakers are concerned how to ensure agencies don't slide back into old habits of lavish spending on conferences.

Tags: management , Tom Coburn , Tom Carper , Beth Cobert , Dan Tangherlini , J. Russell George , John Tester , GSA , OMB , Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee , conference spending , Congress , oversight , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 01/15/2014, 04:09am EST
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Bonuses to senior execs under fire at GSA, other agencies

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and the GSA inspector general released separate, but related, reports that show GSA abused its authority to give Senior Executive Service (SES) members bonuses between 2009 and 2011. GSA official said they have since fixed these problems. McCaskill also found that on average the Labor Department, the Navy and the National Science Foundation handed out more than one bonus per SES employee.

Tags: workforce , pay and benefits , pay , Claire McCaskill , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , GSA , Shakeup at GSA , SES , management , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/17/2013, 02:27pm EDT
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Tangherlini sought details of GSA IG's investigation tactics

The acting administrator of GSA said he met with IG Brian Miller and David Shea after accusations the IG investigator's tactics were overly aggressive in looking into the recent SmartPay Conference. Tangherlini also expects to receive suggestions on how the CIO reorganization would work, and how to go forward with the reduction of FAS fees in the coming weeks.

Tags: management , GSA , Dan Tangherlini , reorganization , Casey Coleman , Shakeup at GSA , Smart Pay Conference , oversight , Jason Miller , exclusive

Friday - 09/14/2012, 05:28am EDT
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GSA praised for steps to reform culture, organization

Senate lawmakers and the agency's Inspector General say the strategy to reorganize the General Services Administration and make it more accountable is on the right track. Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini said he will consolidate IT and HR across the agency, and reduce contracting fees charged by the Federal Acquisition Service.

Tags: management , acquisition , Dan Tangherlini , GSA , Joe Lieberman , Susan Collins , oversight , Shakeup at GSA , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , strategic sourcing , contracting fees , Competition in Contracting Act , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/13/2012, 06:33am EDT
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Senate committee questions GSA IG about investigation tactics

In a routine pre-hearing briefing call, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee staff members asked Brian Miller about his staff's decision to knock on a GSA employee's door after 11 p.m. at the SmartPay conference last month. Miller and acting GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini are scheduled to testify Sept. 12 before the committee on changes the agency has made in light of the conference spending scandals.

Tags: management , workforce , oversight , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , David Shea , Shakeup at GSA , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/06/2012, 05:52pm EDT

Conference investigation leaves some questioning GSA IG's aggressive tactics

The General Services Administration's inspector general investigated the agency's recent SmartPay Training Conference and found no wrongdoing or elaborate spending. But the approach taken by the GSA inspector has left some at the agency uneasy. According to a draft memo obtained by Federal News Radio, tactics used by the investigator included a late night awakening and interrogation of the GSA executive in charge of the conference.

Tags: GSA , FAS , SmartPay , SmartPay Training Conference , David Shea , inspector general , Steven Heckler , Jeff Denham , James Hudson , Sarah Breen , Shakeup at GSA , exclusive

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 02:40am EDT
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Lawmakers putting GSA's new conference spending rules to the test

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee lawmakers were expected to ask the agency's inspector general to look into the 14th Annual SmartPay conference happening this week in Nashville. GSA says all conferences must go through a multi-step approval process, including those already in the planning stages for 2012 and beyond.

Tags: management , GSA , House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee , John Mica , Jeff Denham , Cynthia Metzler , Shakeup at GSA , conference spending , SmartPay , Mafara Hobson , Eleanor Holmes Norton , oversight , Jason Miller

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 05:44am EDT
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Senators probe GSA financial controls after conference scandal

The leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee gave the acting GSA administrator 21 days to answer 41 multi-part questions about the agency's efforts to prevent waste, fraud and abuse following the now infamous Western Regions Conference. Senators also recommended the agency review all other recent GSA conferences for possible problems.

Tags: Dan Tangherlini , Susan Collins , Joseph Lieberman , GSA , conference spending , waste , fraud , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , financial management , Shakeup at GSA , Ruben Gomez

Tuesday - 05/15/2012, 09:38am EDT

Latest: GSA IG makes a 'criminal referral' to Justice

General Services Administration Inspector General Brian Miller told senators on Wednesday his office had made a criminal referral to the Justice Department relating to the ongoing spending scandal. Speaking at the last of four congressional hearings about the GSA, Miller testified that he has heard from "a lot" of whistleblowers since his report was released several weeks ago.

Tags: GSA , Shakeup at GSA , Senate , Congress , Dick Durbin , Jerry Moran , Public Buildings Service , Dan Tangherlini , Jeff Neely , conference spending

Wednesday - 04/18/2012, 07:19pm EDT

Suspended GSA commissioner created culture of silence on lavish spending

A former General Services Administration executive created a culture of lavish spending and fear among his employees who spoke up against him according to testimony in a House subcommittee hearing today.

Tags: GSA , Congress , House , Jeff Denham , Bob Peck , Martha Johnson , Stephen Leeds ,

Tuesday - 04/17/2012, 01:19pm EDT
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