Sen. Jim Inhofe on Wednesday called it “absolutely disgraceful” that a federal agency put on a lavish training conference in 2010 at a Las Vegas resort. Inhofe, R-Tulsa, wants the Democratic-controlled Senate to hold a hearing on an inspector general’s report about the General Services Administration conference, which cost more than $823,000. The Republican House has already scheduled hearings to investigate it.
Said Inhofe, “It is absolutely disgraceful that as Americans grapple with a struggling economy, we find out that the GSA is partying it up in Las Vegas and sending the $823,000 bill to the American taxpayer.
“I’d like to ask those mind-readers GSA hired for their party on the taxpayer’s dime: What on earth was GSA thinking?
“There are few things agencies can do that are more egregious. Not only did GSA waste hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars, the GSA IG found that the agency blatantly did not follow ‘federal procurement laws nor its own policy on conference spending’ which is a serious breach.
“As the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works is responsible for oversight of the GSA, we should hold a hearing to get to the bottom of this scandal and ensure that it never happens again. I would like to thank GSA Inspector General, Brian D. Miller, for conducting this important investigation.”