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Troubled GSA Freezes Hiring, Cuts Bonuses

Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 09:28 AM

By Patrick Hobin

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The General Services Administration is freezing hiring and most bonuses in response to fallout to a controversy that erupted in April about a wild spending spree at a Las Vegas conference, Fox News reported.

In April, Congressional members grilled GSA officials about a $850,000 taxpayer-funded conference in Las Vegas that blew thousands of dollars on things like a mind-reader and "yearbooks" and commemorative coins for the 300 participants. Top officials at the GSA were fired or forced to resign as a result.

The agency will now cut back on senior executive performance awards and institute a hiring freeze, Fox News reported.

"We are committed to doubling down on our core mission of promoting efficiency, driving steeper bargains, delivering better value, and creating greater opportunities for government-wide savings," Dan Tangherlini, the GSA's acting chief, said in a post on the GSA Blog.

Rep. Darrell Issa of California said the moves are not enough.

"While this is a sorely needed step in the right direction in the wake of the GSA spending scandal, the administration needs to address waste of taxpayers’ money across the government — not simply with one agency," Issa said, Fox News reported.







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