The lead on this Washington Post story about the resignation of the General Services Administration chief sums up an outrage that goes on paragraph after paragraph making you wonder why people think they can get away with such outrageous spending.
The chief of the General Services Administration resigned, two of her top deputies were fired and four managers were placed on leave Monday amid reports of lavish spending at a conference off the Las Vegas Strip that featured a clown, a mind reader and a $31,208 reception.
Administrator Martha N. Johnson, in her resignation letter, acknowledged a “significant misstep” at the agency that manages real estate for the federal government. “Taxpayer dollars were squandered,” she wrote. At the start of her tenure in February 2010 she called ethics “a big issue for me.”
A misstep? Misstep is a slight trip, something one can hope to recover from. This is agency self-annihilation.
No need to hire a mind reader to decipher the tea leaves on this one.
Further along in the story, there’s this:
GSA spokesman Greg Mecher said the agency “is appalled’’ by the inspector general’s findings and will consider disciplinary action against other employees if it is warranted. He pledged fast changes to accounting procedures and increased oversight over conference planners and contractors. Employees will be required to take mandatory training in conference planning. Travel budgets for several regional offices have been reduced, and future “Western Region” conferences have been canceled.
Mandatory training in conference planning? Wonder where that’ll take place.