facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Senators: Time for GSA to clean house

April 18, 2012 at 7:43 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, April 18 (UPI) -- U.S. senators from both parties Wednesday called for the General Services Administration to clean house amidst a scandal over excessive spending.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said at a congressional hearing over the controversy the panel would support and encourage the GSA to root out corruption, CNN reported. She emphasized the GSA has a history of misconduct dating back decades and said President Barack Obama should not be blamed.

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., said at the hearing -- the third in three days -- that of all government entities, the GSA would have the propensity to do something dishonest because "they deal with huge numbers."

"I am concerned that this type of waste has become an embedded part of the culture at the GSA," Inhofe said. "One can only wonder what kind of waste would have occurred in a better economy."

A report by Inspector General Brian Miller revealed the GSA used taxpayer funds to pay for extravagant conferences and personal travel thinly guised as government business, CNN said.

In one instance, GSA officials spent more than $800,000 on a conference that included a catered joke awards ceremony.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
New Jersey man caught selling 'Ebola' heroin New Jersey man caught selling 'Ebola' heroin
2
Kimberly Guilfoyle: young women should be 'excused' from voting to go on Tinder Kimberly Guilfoyle: young women should be 'excused' from voting to go on Tinder
3
Female gym teacher busted for repeated sex with student Female gym teacher busted for repeated sex with student
4
American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack
5
Groveport man confesses to murder of pregnant girlfriend Groveport man confesses to murder of pregnant girlfriend
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback