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A Social Security Administration motivational management conference held at a high-end Valley resort last week cost $700,000, the SSA told the ABC15 Investigators.
Costs for the conference at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa included airfare, hotel entertainment, dancers, motivational speakers, and food, an administration official said.
A spokesperson outside the SSA's Phoenix office declined to comment.
The SSA has now sent a three-page letter to Congress about their 700-person conference held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa.
The letter comes only days after the U.S. House Committee on Way and Means sent their own letter to Social Security, demanding the department turn over all records about the costs of the conference.
On Thursday, the United States Senate Finance committee also requested the Inspector General audit the entire contracting process used by Social Security to select the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa for their conference.
"It's especially frustrating when you have people who truly are disabled who will wait years just to get their case heard and years more just to get a little help," said Congressman Brady. "When they see the government and the agency wasting their money like this, I know it makes them angry and I know it really frustrates them."