Report: GSA Employees Sent to $3,000 Cooking Classes

Thursday, 19 Jul 2012 07:50 AM

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Employees at the federal government’s General Services Administration were sent on cooking classes costing up to $3,350-a-time in a bid to build “team spirit” it was claimed Thursday.

The agency — already under fire for organizing an $823,000 Las Vegas conference complete with a mind-reader, clowns and a $75,000 bicycle-building exercise — now admits the cooking classes were “inappropriate,” CNN reported.

The GSA confirmed there were nine classes for employees in its Heartland regional office based in Kansas City, costing a total of nearly $21,000. A whistleblower told CNN that employees were “ostracized” if they did not attend.

The agency, which helps keep government running by providing supplies, accommodation and communications, is under a top-down review after the Vegas conference was revealed earlier this year. It is also being investigated after it was discovered it spent $330,000 to relocate a single employee from Denver to Hawaii.

So far 12 GSA officials have either been fired or have resigned as the spending scandal unravels.

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