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Lawmakers are voicing outrage following a government report that found the General Services Administration held a blowout $820,000 conference near Las Vegas which grossly exceeded what the planners were allowed to spend.
The employees dropped thousands of dollars on luxury items and convention giveaways -- including more than $6,000 on commemorative coins, $8,000 on a "yearbook," and $3,200 for an in-house mind reader.
One of the most striking details in the report was that planners spent more than $130,000 on pre-convention activities. This included six planning events held at the conference venue. Travel expenses for these visits added up to $100,000, with another $30,000 for catering.
Originally posted by MeesterB
It's nice to see some lawmakers outraged over the excessive spending, but I sort of feel like the pot is calling the kettle black. It's wrong when someone else overspends, but when I do it then it's justified. Just makes me sick.
Originally posted by zarp3333
In my Greek community, most people aspired to be entrepreneurs and considered bureaucrats noble schmucks.
Somewhere in the last 30 years, those schmucks realized the rest of us weren't watching the cash register. They gave themselves raises to equal the income of entrepreneurs but they have zero risk and still work 40 hrs.
I've been saying that the real estate market in and around DC is about to collapse now that we schmucks are waking up.
and $3,200 for an in-house mind reader.