Friday, July 20, 2012
Two days after scrapping a major energy conference because of cost questions, the General Services Administration finds itself under scrutiny again because of big spending on an agency conference, this time a one-day gathering just outside of Washington, D.C. that cost taxpayers almost $270,000.
“This is another sad day for the taxpayer,” said Rep. John Mica (R-FL), who told reporters that lawmakers had just been notified earlier on Thursday of this latest spending excess.
“Some of the expenses are just astounding,” Mica added, noting the $20,578.24 spent on 4,000 drumsticks – the ones you use on a drum, not for eating – which were given to attendees, along with the $28,364.45 for 4,000 “time temperature picture frames” that were also handed out.
“We are very disappointed to find out that there are more of these parties,” said Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), who vowed to hold a hearing on this latest GSA story in the next two weeks.