Congress Investigates GSA Conference SpendingTrends

A week of congressional hearings into spending by the U.S. General Services Administration, spurred by a scandal over an $820,000 conference near Las Vegas, begins today. Two committees in both the House and Senate will investigate the agency, beginning with the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which will hear testimonies from six GSA officials at 1:30 p.m. EDT today. Jeff Neely, a regional commissioner for the GSA’s Pacific Rim Region, who was largely responsible for the Las Vegas conference, has refused to testify voluntarily and has indicated he will invoke his Fifth Amendment rights. The GSA’s inspector general, who will also be testifying today, has referred Neely to the Justice Department for a possible criminal investigation. Although details of the conference will likely be a focus of the hearings, they are expected to go beyond the event and address a general culture of wasteful spending within the agency. usatoday.com

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