HolyCoast: "You Can't Go Take a Trip to Vegas...On the Taxpayer's Dime" - Unless You're the Government Agency in Charge of Cutting Costs

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

"You Can't Go Take a Trip to Vegas...On the Taxpayer's Dime" - Unless You're the Government Agency in Charge of Cutting Costs

The first part of that title came from Obama's famous "Vegas" statement which nearly killed the convention business in the city.  When a corporation takes its employees or customers to Vegas and spends a bundle on them, that's okay because it's their money.  The government isn't supposed to do that that with YOUR money:
President Obama – “outraged” by an inspector general’s report detailing lavish spending by the government agency in charge of cutting costs – has fired the head of that agency, Martha Johnson, the now former administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration. Technically, White House officials, upon his order, sought her resignation, and she submitted it.

The GSA helps to manage the basic functions of federal agencies, including by developing policies intended to minimize the cost of doing business with the federal government.

Despite that charge, GSA spent $835,000 on a Las Vegas Convention in 2010 for 300 employees, which included thousands of dollars spent on items such as a commemorative coin set, a mind reader, a comedian, and a clown.
Hmm, I thought Obama wasn't there.  Guess he was.

Hope you enjoyed the way they spent your money.

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