ACCOUNTABILITY IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Big Bonuses for GSA Scandal Figures Under Fire.
In the wake of the General Services Administration (GSA) scandal over an excessive Las Vegas conference, the Obama administration has placed new restrictions on federal travel and meetings. In a Friday memo to government officials, Jeffrey D. Show More Summary
What accounts for the different treatment? Why is a million dollars of waste at the GSA a scandal but not tens of billions of dollars at the FCC-NTIA? I believe public ignorance and apathy are the immediate cause of blame.
Whistleblowing is often openly encouraged by government, but is it really widely supported? In light of the recent General Services Administration scandal, Acting Director Dan Tangherlini and Inspector General Brian Miller have asked staffers to speak up if they have encountered things that “don’t seem right” within the agency. Read full article >>
Concerned as President Obama must be over the unfolding embarrassments in the Secret Service and the General Services Administration, he may actually be comforted by the feeble attempts of a few politicians to wring political profit from those scandals.
GSA SCANDAL UPDATE: Old Troubles Dog GSA Official. “Jeff Neely, the embattled General Services Administration official at the center of a scandal over a lavish Las Vegas conference, was reprimanded in 2011 for appearing in a campaign ad for Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), documents obtained by Roll Call show. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel [...]
In an example of lucky timing, the GSA scandal proved why Darrell Issa’s DATA act was needed. Transparency in government allows for oversight. So the bill passed the House by voice vote. I first floated a while back the idea that this...Show More Summary
Will we soon see more whistleblowers come forward within government agencies? Acting Director Dan Tangherlini asked his General Service Administration colleagues soon after taking the helm there to be vigilant about reporting abuses. Read full article >>
ROLL CALL: n Wake of GSA Scandal, Senate Passes Agency Travel Reforms. “The measure, championed by Sen. Tom Coburn, was passed as part of a larger amendment agreement on a postal services bill and represents one of the most significant reform efforts on the issue to date. The Oklahoma Republican was able to advance the [...]
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The RNC embroils Obama in the North Carolina Democrats' sexual harassment scandal: Meanwhile, the Republican group American Future Fund ties the GSA scandal to the president: Alex Burns has more: AFF will go on the air starting Wednesday in eight...
Hosting the chair of the DNC on Tuesday's Starting Point, CNN's Soledad O'Brien could have grilled her about any number of relevant issues like gas prices, the GSA scandal, or President Obama trailing Mitt Romney in polls on the economy. Show More Summary
Here’s what the Loop is reading this morning: Warning sign — How do you know you’re doing something that might look bad during a congressional investigation? Hint: anytime an e-mail includes the phrase “wink,” there just might be something shady afoot. Show More Summary
Now Romney’s blaming President Obama’s bad example for the GSA scandal: “I think the example starts at the top,” he told National Review Online (via the New York Post). “People have to see that the president is not taking elaborate vacations, and spe …
SALENA ZITO: Tepid toward Obama on jobs. nocked off message for a second week by messy Secret Service and GSA scandals, President Obama on Wednesday tried to salvage things with a jobs rally among handpicked supporters in this Northeast Ohio town. Standing behind him onstage were unemployed workers, ages 33 to 60, who went back [...]
A leading senator with oversight of the General Services Administration says he wants the agency's watchdog to conduct a broader investigation of the agency’s spending on conferences and plans to hold more hearings on how top officials are managing its brewing scandal. Read full article >>
JOHN HINDERAKER: The GSA Scandal: What Does It Mean?
(John Hinderaker) We haven’t said much about the GSA scandal. Is it important? The dollars involved are small, by Washington standards, but it illustrates a timeless truth: no one else will spend the money you earned as carefully as you will. Show More Summary
A marathon set of congressional probes into the General Services Administration scandal concluded with the most consequential committee — the one that controls the money. The Wednesday afternoon hearing by the Senate Appropriations subcommittee...Show More Summary
Right now, Washington is roiled by two budget conflicts of vastly different scale.