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IG investigating new GSA conference scandal

Jul. 19, 2012 - 02:56PM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
GSA Inspector General Brian Miller outlined details of the 2010 conference in a letter to Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., chairman of the House public buildings subcommittee, and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., the subcommittee's ranking Democrat.
GSA Inspector General Brian Miller outlined details of the 2010 conference in a letter to Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., chairman of the House public buildings subcommittee, and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., the subcommittee's ranking Democrat. (Tom Brown / Staff)

The General Services Administration is reeling from another conference scandal, this time a one-day performance awards ceremony in 2010 that cost the agency $268,732.

Spending on the Nov. 17, 2010, event included $20,578 for 4,000 drum sticks for a drum-playing exercise, $28,364 for 4,000 picture frames that included digital displays telling the time and temperature, and $7,697 for a reception that included a guitarist and violinist. The event was sponsored by GSA's Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), which manages the $38 billion Federal Supply Schedules program and other large contract programs.

GSA Inspector General Brian Miller outlined details of the event in a July 19 letter to Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., chairman of the House public buildings subcommittee, and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., the subcommittee's ranking Democrat.

Miller said in the letter that his office is investigating the spending surrounding the event and that he was alerted to the conference on July 11 by acting GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini.

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