GSA Conduct Hearing Continues With New Testimony
Deputy Commissioner Susan Brita addressed the House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee during the hearing, according to The Los Angeles Times. "I share your anger and disappointment in GSA's conduct," she said.
Brita initially alerted former Commissioner of the Public Buildings Services Robert Peck about her concerns, and has played a significant role in the investigation of GSA's conduct.
From The Times:
Peck was one of two deputies fired from the GSA following the resignation of the agency's administrator, Martha Johnson. Ten other GSA employees have since been placed on leave.
"This is about the waste of taxpayer dollars, and if you can sense my anger and frustration, you should see it at home, where we have got double-digit unemployment, the highest foreclosure rate in the nation, people out of work -- twice the national average," subcommittee Chairman Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) said during Tuesday's hearing.
Included in the conference’s $823,000 cost, outlined in Miller's publicly released report on the GSA's spending, were $6,325 worth of congratulatory coins for work on the stimulus package, $130,000 for "scouting trips" and "planning meetings" as well as $8,130 for commemorative yearbooks.
The hearing continues today, though a key voice—Jeffrey Neely, the administrator in charge of the conference—is stubbornly silent, as Neely continues to call upon his Fifth Amendment rights.
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