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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 , Shakeup at GSA , Jeff Neely , Bob Peck , Public Buildigns Service , Susan Brita , David Foley , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Martha Johnson , Jack Moore

Friday - 04/13/2012, 02:55pm 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 , Brian Miller

Tuesday - 04/17/2012, 01:19pm EDT
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Tangherlini aims to restore confidence in GSA

The new acting administrator of the General Services Administration has written to agency employees telling them not to allow the mistakes of a few affect the achievement of their goals. Tangherlini, who formerly served as the chief financial officer of the Treasury Department, said GSA will "redouble" its efforts to the core values of delivering efficient and effective services. GSA chief Martha Johnson resigned Monday and two of her top deputies were fired following the release of an inspector general's report detailing excessive spending at an October 2010 regional training conference.

Tags: Jason Miller , GSA , Public Buildings Service , Martha Johnson , Bob Peck , Dan Tangherlini , waste, fraud and abuse , Treasury

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 04:06pm EDT

Poll: Did GSA make the right decision with resignation, firings?

A report Monday from the Inspector General of the General Services Administration charged the agency with wasteful spending at a 2010 training conference in Las Vegas. As a result, GSA Administrator Martha Johnson stepped down and fired two of her deputies Robert Peck, the commissioner of the Public Buildings Service, and Stephen Leeds, Johnson's senior counselor. But was this the right decision? Take the poll!

Tags: Martha Johnson , Bob Peck , GSA

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 11:53am EDT

GSA head Johnson resigns, two other officials fired in wake of 'over the top' conference spending

The head of the General Services Administration resigned from her post Monday and two other officials were fired amid an investigation into excessive spending at a 2010 training conference.

Tags: Martha Johnson , GSA , Richard Peck , Dan Tangherlini , people , Jack Lew , Jack Moore

Monday - 04/02/2012, 06:12pm EDT
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GSA wins sustainable building awards

Agency says these awards are recognition of its commitment to greening the government. GSA also using Recovery Act funding to install solar panels at federal facilities nationwide.

Tags: management , J. David Hood , GSA , State , Building Owners and Managers Association , Green government , energy efficiency , sustainability , Recovery Act , Rachel Stevens

Thursday - 07/01/2010, 06:52pm EDT

Agency Instability: GSA begins to feel toll of not having permanent leader

Current and former officials say day-to-day operations are working well, but morale and long term strategy are suffering. Martha Johnson, the nominee to be GSA administrator, remains on hold in Senate. GSA names fourth acting administrator since 2008 and the parade of interim leaders is creating more uneasiness about the agency's future.

Tags: management , Christopher Bond , Sahar Wali , GSA , OMB , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Martha Johnson , Danielle Germain , Lurita Doan , Acting administrator , confirmation process

Wednesday - 01/13/2010, 07:14am EST
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Column: GSA likes its standing as a leader in green

The agency seeks to improve the government's energy efficiency through internal and external initiatives. GSA is leading the effort to modernize federal buildings as well as provide customer agencies with sustainable products and services. Read an op-ed by Stephen Leeds, the General Services Administration's senior counselor to the administrator.

Tags: Green government , Greening of Government: buildings , GSA , Recovery Act

Tuesday - 10/05/2010, 01:53pm EDT

Agencies look at carbon footprint for contracts

Several agencies officials spoke about challenges they face in trying to green their organizations. Enlisting the help of the private sector, especially small businesses, may provide a solution.

Tags: contracting , Green Government Initiative , Michelle Moore , John Conger , sustainability , AFFIRM , Meg Beasley

Friday - 01/21/2011, 02:15pm EST
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Agency Instability: GSA nominee remains in limbo

Martha Johnson seen by many as the most qualified candidate to be GSA administrator in a decade. But her nomination remains on hold in the Senate because Sen. Christopher Bond is unhappy with GSA's plans for a new federal building in Kansas City. Some call Bond's use of the hold authority an abuse of power.

Tags: management , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Christopher Bond , Sahar Wali , Paul Prouty , Bob Peck , GSA , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , White House , Olga Grkavac , Martha Johnson , Paul Light , TechAmerica , Acting administrator , confirmation process , Congress , series , Agency Instability

Thursday - 01/14/2010, 07:34am EST
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