GSA official traveled often during inquiry

April 19, 2012 at 5:10 PM
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WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) -- A U.S. General Services Administration official apparently was not worried about an investigation into his travel spending, a congressional document indicated.

A timeline of the investigation into alleged "travel abuses" said the GSA administrator continued to travel frequently and was accompanied by his wife on some of the jaunts despite warnings to his superiors from the agency's inspector general.

The revelations were made this week as Congress dug through the circumstances surrounding a gala GSA conference in Las Vegas that cost the agency hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Inspector General Jeff Miller expressed concerns about Jeff Neely's travel in August; however, Neely went ahead with lengthy official trips to Hawaii, the South Pacific, Napa and Atlanta. The Los Angeles Times said Miller's office was still determining whether Neely paid his wife's expenses for their 17-day trip to Hawaii, Guam and Saipan.

The newspaper said Neely described the long trip as a "birthday present" while exchanging e-mails with his wife, whose first name was not released. The couple also hosted a party in their Las Vegas suite during the conference at a cost of $2,717.

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