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House Oversight and Government Reform Committee holds GSA hearing

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The General Services Administration has recently come under fire for its lavish and reckless spending of taxpayer dollars at a 2010 conference.

Former head of GSA to tell Congress: "I personally apologize to the American people for the entire situation"

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) April 16, 2012

Ex-GSA Chief Martha Johnson says conference became "a raucous, extravagant, arrogant, self congratulatory event"

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) April 16, 2012

GSA Inspector General will tell Congress "there is at least a glimmer of good news. The oversight system worked"

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) April 16, 2012

GSA Inspector General Brian Miller says the Vegas GSA conference was marked by "repugnant conduct"

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) April 16, 2012

ROOM SERVICE: "In Room Dining" receipt for GSA official Bob Peck shows tab of $1960 http://t.co/GkL9sAwm

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) April 16, 2012

The real investigation begins this afternoon with the first of three congressional committee hearings. The scope of the investigation will move beyond the conference, though, and will extend into the GSA’s general spending practices.

You can view the proceedings here: panel 1, part 1; panel 1, part 2; panel 2

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Oh, and here’s a special little glimpse into what Jeff Neely, GSA regional commissioner, was up to in 2009:

This is NOT what they meant by transparency, I dont think > http://t.co/PE7lxZW7

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) April 16, 2012

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Jeff Neely, GSA manager who requested "over the top" Vegas party appears. Visibly nervous. No written testimony distributed. 5th amendment?

— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) April 16, 2012

Near full-house at House Oversight Cmte for probe into GSA. Rare on a Monday. Clearly a hot-button, media opportunity pic.twitter.com/ird3Ysdd

— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) April 16, 2012

Issa: Why was Martha Johnson asked to resign? Are we really to believe that the GSA didn't know about the conference? #GSAhearing

— Renee Courtland (@ReneeCourtland) April 16, 2012

@darrellissa says he wants to know why GSA officials waited 11 months to reveal scandal… #gsahearing

— Ed O'Keefe (@edatpost) April 16, 2012

Rep Elijah Cummings D-MD denounces an "indefensible and intolerable pattern of misconduct" by top GSA official

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) April 16, 2012

You can see the pain and embarrassment on the face of Jeff Neely as he takes heat from the House committee #GSA

— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) April 16, 2012

US Rep Elijah Cummings hammers former GSA exec Jeff Neely for allowing Neely's wife to make taxpayer funded purchases at party

— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) April 16, 2012

"Its not your money!!! Its the taxpayers money" says Rep Elijah Cummings to Jeff Neely who intends to invoke 5th amendment

— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) April 16, 2012

Cummings says he thinks at least some of the $$ spent might be recouped personally from Neely and other GSA employees. #gsahearings

— Ed O'Keefe (@edatpost) April 16, 2012

"I left my cherished career as a public servant" Martha Johnson tells House committee on her resignation from GSA…

— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) April 16, 2012

Martha Johnson: GSA conference became "raucous, extravagant, arrogant, self-congratulatory event that ultimately belittled federal worker"

— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) April 16, 2012

Former #GSA Administrator Martha Johnson speaking NOW @GOPOversight: "I will mourn for the rest of my life the loss of my appointment."

— Megan Hughes (@HughesNews) April 16, 2012

GSA's David Foley apologizes for role in infamous "Commissioner for a Day" video. Makes specific apology to DC Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton.

— Cristina Marcos (@cimarcos) April 16, 2012

As expected, Jeff Neely invoked his 5th Amendment rights:

GSA official Jeff Neely tells lawmakers he does plan to assert his Fifth Amendment rights and not answer questions

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) April 16, 2012

In a classic Congressional moment, Neely takes the Fifth and won't even answer question on what he does at GSA

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) April 16, 2012

UH OH: Since GSA's Neely won't talk, Issa just temporarily adjourned hearing and asked Neely "to join us through that door."

— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) April 16, 2012

@DarrellIssa asks Martha Johnson how she could approve bonus for Neely. #GSA

— Timothy Smith (@timsmithwp) April 16, 2012

Neely's leasing abilities were the best in the nation, former #GSA administrator says.

— Timothy Smith (@timsmithwp) April 16, 2012

Johnson had final Hats Off #GSA IG report when she decided to give Neely bonus.

— Timothy Smith (@timsmithwp) April 16, 2012

GSA Inspector General says there are "other ongoing investigations" about "all sorts of improprieties"

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) April 16, 2012

GSA Inspector General tells Congress anyone who spoke up about over spending was "squashed like a bug"

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) April 16, 2012

One GSA witness was so worried about retaliation for blowing the whistle that she remains unidentified

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) April 16, 2012

#GSA IG says the bullying by Neely probably didn't come up during interim briefing on WRC report.

— Timothy Smith (@timsmithwp) April 16, 2012

Kinda surreal exchange at GSA hearing – Rep. Burton: "I hate bullies. Don't you?" Johnson: "I hate bullying too."

— Karoun Demirjian (@karoun) April 16, 2012

Eleanor Holmes Norton asks if #GSA has culture of conference excess.

— Timothy Smith (@timsmithwp) April 16, 2012

#GSA Rep. Turner asks Johnson how did conference stuff get bought, vests with logo, t-shirts, coins and books.. what slush fund?

— Jason Miller (@jmillerWFED) April 16, 2012

GSA IG says money for conference swag came out of the Federal Building fund for operations

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) April 16, 2012

@jasoninthehouse asks why Neely is still an employee of #GSA

— Timothy Smith (@timsmithwp) April 16, 2012

.@JasonInTheHouse is nailing the #GSA for their entitlement mentality.

— Kemberlee Kaye (@KemberleeKaye) April 16, 2012



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