Issa Statement on GSA IG Report on Wasteful Las Vegas Convention Spending

Published: Apr 2, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa today issued the following statement on the General Services Administration (GSA) findings of wasteful spending at a $835,000 2010 Las Vegas Convention and the subsequent dismissal of GSA Administrator Martha Johnson:

“After President Obama lectured the private sector about not wasting funds on Las Vegas conventions, it’s hypocritical that such a large agency with critical management responsibilities across government would hold this luxurious conference at the height of the recession and even spend thousands on custom made coins touting the stimulus.”

“Employees congratulating themselves and promoting one of the most politically controversial initiatives of this Administration with taxpayer funds is indicative of the waste that exists in a bloated federal government. I appreciate the work of GSA Inspector General Brian Miller in investigating this matter.  I expect that the committee will have additional questions for him and GSA about this wasteful spending.”

($6,300 commemorative coins cited in the Inspector General’s report)