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Senators call for GSA chief to look at PBS structure

In a letter to Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini, a bipartisan group of senators called for an evaluation of the structure of GSA's Public Buildings Service, tying it to the wasteful spending of the Las Vegas scandal.

Tags: PBS , Public Buildings Service , GSA , Congress , Dan Tangherlini , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , Mark Pryor , Rob Portman

Tuesday - 05/22/2012, 02:49pm EDT

Senators digging into GSA conferences in all regions

Two high-ranking senators requested information about conference travel and spending in all GSA regions in a detailed letter on Friday.

Tags: GSA , Joe Lieberman , Susan Collins , Congress , Senate , Dan Tangherlini , Oversight

Friday - 05/18/2012, 03:30pm EDT

GSA Expo turns into a smaller, toned down affair

The Public Buildings Service Western Regions conference scandal is reverberating across government. A new Federal News Radio online survey found other agencies are feeling the effects of GSA's problems. More than half of all respondents said their agency canceled conferences or meetings.

Tags: management , acquisition , Training , GSA , Dan Tangherlini , Larry Allen , Allen Federal Business Partners , Industry , conferences , budget , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 05/17/2012, 05:18am 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 , Brian Miller , Susan Collins , Joseph Lieberman , GSA , conference spending , waste , fraud , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Financial management , Ruben Gomez

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

GSA clarifies conference policy but industry concerns persist

A memo from acting administrator Dan Tangherlini details the steps agency employees must go through to receive approval for conferences and other travel. In wake of GSA Western Regions conference, other agencies also are reconsidering hosting conferences.

Tags: management , GSA , Dan Tangherlini , conferences , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 01:32pm EDT

GSA offered contractors tax breaks - at a price

A new General Services Administration policy is once again drawing fire. The focus now is on a GSA policy in which the agency offered tax breaks to companies to make federal buildings energy efficient as long as GSA received a "giveback." That policy, which has since been discontinued, is raising new questions about whether GSA was trying to raise money for its own budget without congressional authorization, whether that effort was legal and whether other agencies have tried anything similar.

Tags: GSA , energy efficiency

Thursday - 05/03/2012, 06:41pm EDT

Mica calls for GSA to fire official embroiled in scandal

Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) is calling for the General Services Administration to stop paying an official at the center of the conference spending scandal.

Tags: John Mica , House , GSA , Dan Tangherlini , Jeff Neely ,

Tuesday - 04/24/2012, 03:11pm EDT

Private-sector mentality to blame in GSA scandal, senator says

Fingers are pointing in many directions in the wake of the scandal at the General Services Administration. Lawmakers on both the sides of the aisle have expressed outrage at the "culture of waste," but opinions on who's to blame for that culture are as divided as ever along party lines. Two congressmen told In Depth host Francis Rose about their very different ideas.

Tags: In Depth , Ben Cardin , Mike Turner , GSA , Gillian Brockell , House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform , Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

Monday - 04/23/2012, 05:21am EDT
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On the show today - April 20

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Tim McManus , Tammy Flanagan , Ben Cardin , Mike Turner , Congress , GSA , Partnership for Public Service , National Institute of Transition Planning

Saturday - 04/21/2012, 01:01am EDT

The silver lining in the GSA scandal

Experts say all the focus on Capitol Hill and within agencies will lead to better management and give more respect to whistleblowers. Carolyn Lerner, the head of the Office of Special Counsel, said the attention on the misdeeds of the Public Buildings Service would bolster the need for stronger ethics and integrity.

Tags: management , GSA , OSC , Carolyn Lerner , Scott Amey , Project on Government Oversight , Tom Schatz , Citizens Against Government Waste , Oversight , whistleblower protection , Jason Miller ,

Friday - 04/20/2012, 05:47am EDT
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