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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.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , crisis communications , Rick Kiernan , GSA , World Media Network , Jack Moore

Friday - 04/06/2012, 08:52pm EDT
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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.

Tags: GSA , In Depth , Francis Rose , Tom Davis , House , Senate , Congress , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Deloitte , Jack Moore

Sunday - 04/15/2012, 09:16pm EDT
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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.

Tags: GSA , Jeff Neely , Bob Peck , Public Buildigns Service , Susan Brita , David Foley , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Martha Johnson , Stephen Leeds , Jack Moore

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

Lawmakers upset over new revelations of GSA spending

Lawmakers on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee are upset over new disclosures about spending at the General Services Administration. Reps. John Mica (R-Fla.), the committee chairman, and Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) held a press conference Thursday to reveal details from an internal GSA investigation that revealed one of the agency's division spent more than $268,000 on a one-day November 2010 conference in Washington, D.C.

Tags: GSA , conference spending , Jeff Denham , Dan Tangherlini , Jack Moore

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 03:38pm EDT
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Issa probing conferences that exceeded GSA price tag

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is probing more than 150 conferences hosted by 11 agencies since 2005 where wasteful spending or excessive spending may have have occurred, according to a committee release. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the oversight chairman, said the committee is using the lavish $823,000 regional conference hosted by the General Services Administration in 2010 as a "benchmark" to compare other agencies' conference spending. The committee found the Defense Department has held 64 such conferences.

Tags: Congress , House , Darrell Issa , oversight , GSA , conference spending , DoD , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 08/22/2012, 08:33pm EDT

GSA picks DoD installations chief Robyn to head Public Buildings Service

Dorothy Robyn, who for the last three years has overseen the Defense Department's military facilities and buildings, has been named to head the General Services Administration's embattled Public Buildings Service.

Tags: GSA , DoD , Dorothy Robyn , Dan Tangherlini , Public Buildings Service , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 07:37pm EDT

House lawmakers push PBS reform bill through first hurdle

House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management approved the Public Buildings Reform Act. It includes reducing GSA's Public Buildings Service workforce to 2008 levels and freezing SES bonuses through 2014 across the entire agency.

Tags: acquisition , management , GSA , Public Building Service , Jeff Denham , Russ Carnahan , House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee , Public Buildings Reform Act , workforce , Jason Miller , Larry Allen , Bob Suda , John Mica

Friday - 09/21/2012, 07:51am EDT
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GSA to hire new FAS Commissioner

Steve Kempf will return after his medical leave as a senior adviser. GSA posted the commissioner's job on USAJobs.gov on Monday.

Tags: GSA , FAS , Steve Kempf , Linda Chero , Dan Tangherlini , Dorothy Robyn , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 05:16pm EDT

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 , Brian Miller , Dan Tangherlini , reorganization , Casey Coleman , 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 , Brian Miller , oversight , 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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