Investigation Uncovers Dozens of Questionable GSA Conferences; Add'l $270K Spent on 1-Day Event
Investigators are looking into what Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) says are at least 70 more questionable instances of overspending involving GSA conferences. One such conference took place in Crystal City, Virginia where a hefty $270,000 of taxpayer money was spent on the one-day event -- which included a $21,000 allotment for ... drumsticks.
This new round of investigations stems in part from what Fox News uncovered from a Freedom of Information Act request. However, perhaps even more troubling among the findings is that cash awards were handed out to conference attendees; the awards are detailed in 75
pages of names, each page containing about 50 names, and each name receiving an average of about $1K in cash awards ... of taxpayer money. The total? An even heftier $3.6 million.
Since January of 2009, Fox News has so far uncovered about 50 instances of similar questionable expenses, but Rep. Mica says it could be as high as 77. Still, several conferences have absolutely no record of spending whatsoever, which means there's no way to track where taxpayer money went for those specific events.
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