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GSA Scandal in Perspective
Despite all the attention trained on the General Services Administration, the $822,000 spent on the 2010 Western Regions Conference is small potatoes when it comes to federal scandals, expert say. And there may even be a silver lining to the upheaval. Agencies may now place more value on whistleblowers. In our special report, "GSA Scandal in Perspective," find expert analysis and insight into what the ongoing tumult about GSA means for other agencies.
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From Darleen Druyun to Jack Abramoff to wartime contracting, history shows the Public Buildings Service's lavish spending is small potatoes. Experts say the energy and time Congress has put into hearing on the GSA conference near Las Vegas could be better used to address bigger, most costly problems.
In this timeline, take a look back at a decade of agency scandals and their pricetags — in terms of dollars lost, resignations submitted and policies changed.
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.