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(Obama's) GSA Chief Resigns Over Outlandish Spending
National Review Online ^ | 04/02/12 | Daniel Foster

Posted on 04/02/2012 1:50:52 PM PDT by TonyInOhio

General Services Administration head Martha Johnson has resigned along with two of her deputies, reportedly over an impending inspector general’s report detailing lavish spending on a Vegas conference for a handful of government employees:

Organizers spent $835,000 on the event, which was attended by 300 employees. The expenses included $147,000 in airfare and lodging at the hotel for six planning trips by a team of organizers. Among the other expenses were $3,200 for a mind reader; $6,300 on commemorative coin set displayed in velvet boxes and $75,000 on a training exercise to build a bicycle.

“When the White House was informed of the Inspector General’s findings we acted quickly to determine who was responsible for such a gross misuse of taxpayer dollars,” White House Chief of State Jack Lew said in a statement to The Washington Post. President Obama “was outraged by the excessive spending, questionable dealings with contractors, and disregard for taxpayer dollars,” Lew said, “and called for all those responsible to be held fully accountable.”

The GSA is basically the federal government’s office managers, providing things like office space, desks, and cars to other agencies. One of its charges is to develop cost-saving administrative strategies. . . .


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; corruption; democrats; fraud; grifters; gsa; marthajohnson; obama; obamasminions
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If only she had flown to Spain with 40 of her closest friends, or gone on a "school field trip" to Mexico accompanied by 25 Secret Service agents, she'd have kept her job.

BTW, she keeps her pension.

1 posted on 04/02/2012 1:51:01 PM PDT by TonyInOhio
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To: TonyInOhio

“BTW, she keeps her pension. “ This is theft and fraud. Why is she not in jail?


2 posted on 04/02/2012 1:56:04 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: TonyInOhio

Meanwhile, the drumbeat of Dictator Baby-Doc Barack continues to grow louder :

-— regulate -— control -— destroy -— Regulate -— control -— destroy -— REgulate -— control -— destroy -— REGulate -— control -— destroy -— REGU


3 posted on 04/02/2012 1:56:27 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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To: TonyInOhio

“One of its charges is to develop cost-saving administrative strategies. . . .”

Well by quitting she has done that. We will save by not having her at this job it looks like


4 posted on 04/02/2012 1:57:44 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: TonyInOhio

Held responsible? Will she have to pay some back? Like maybe the cost of the mind reader? Stuff like that?


5 posted on 04/02/2012 1:58:24 PM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: blueyon
She'll just be replaced by another career bureaucrat. Nothing will change.
6 posted on 04/02/2012 2:02:20 PM PDT by hattend (Jesus wants me to make churches pay for abortions. - Barack Obama)
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To: TonyInOhio

““When the White House was informed of the Inspector General’s findings we acted quickly to determine who was responsible for such a gross misuse of taxpayer dollars,”

Who the heck does she think she is? The president of the united states?


7 posted on 04/02/2012 2:03:37 PM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: TonyInOhio
Build a bicycle, huh?

Like this?

8 posted on 04/02/2012 2:05:42 PM PDT by Noumenon ("I tell you, gentlemen, we have a problem on our hands." Col. Nicholson-The Bridge on the River Qwai)
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To: hattend

You nailed it. Bump!


9 posted on 04/02/2012 2:05:56 PM PDT by upchuck (Need is not an acceptable lifestyle choice; dependent is not a career. ~ Dr. Tim Nerenz)
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To: upchuck

Wasnt this the same obama who railed about not going to vegas and blowing the college money?


10 posted on 04/02/2012 2:08:06 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: TonyInOhio

“The GSA is basically the federal government’s office managers, providing things like office space, desks, and cars to other agencies”

GSA is involved in a lot more than Desks. Nearly everything the govt buys can be done through the GSA, doesn’t have to be but a lot is.

GSA is the only self funded department. They get a % of everything purchased through them, which is then used for dept costs. So it actually comes out of the profit margin for the businesses selling through the GSA.


11 posted on 04/02/2012 2:10:44 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: TonyInOhio

>>> President Obama “was outraged by the excessive spending, questionable dealings with contractors, and disregard for taxpayer dollars...... <<<

ROFLMFAO!!!

Stop it, you’re killing me...

Outraged that such abuse was caught and made public I’d say. Naw, he don’t care. He does it right out in the open for all the world to see.


12 posted on 04/02/2012 2:12:04 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: AFreeBird

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96NLtvUQzZE&feature=related

Obama: don’t blow your cash in Vegas


13 posted on 04/02/2012 2:17:02 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: freeangel

Never any real punishment, because this is considered NORMAL in government.


14 posted on 04/02/2012 2:18:40 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: TonyInOhio
"President Obama “was outraged by the excessive spending, questionable dealings with contractors, and disregard for taxpayer dollars,” Lew said, “and called for all those responsible to be held fully accountable.”....

....now, if you'll excuse us, the President has a tee time at 9:30.

15 posted on 04/02/2012 2:19:21 PM PDT by Hatteras
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To: TonyInOhio
Per Wikipedia: On February 3, 2010, Obama, in an unusual move for a sitting president, sharply criticized Bond and Republican senators for blocking Johnson's nomination, and complained that Republicans were blocking nominees for reasons that have nothing to do with their qualifications for their prospective jobs.[10] While at a retreat for Democratic senators, Obama made the comments in response to a question from Sen. Patrick Leahy about his judicial nominations. Obama expanded his answer to include not just blocked judicial nominations but also executive nominations as well:

“Nobody can tell me that there's anything particularly wrong with her. They're blocking her because of some unrelated matter. Don't hold this — this woman hostage. If you have an objection about my health-care policies, then let's debate the health-care policies. But don't suddenly end up having a GSA administrator who is stuck in limbo somewhere because you don't like something else that we're doing.
16 posted on 04/02/2012 2:20:52 PM PDT by Justaham
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To: lowbridge

“Who the heck does she think she is? The president of the united states?”

No; she thinks she’s the First Lady. (It’s difficult to refer to the Wookie as a “lady”.)


17 posted on 04/02/2012 2:22:49 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam (Don't blame me; I voted for the American.)
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To: AFreeBird

GSA wasn’t really doing anything out of the ordinary. (By current regime standards, anyway.)

Dumbsh**s just GOT CAUGHT at it.

If it wasn’t so close to elections, it would have been passed off as a joke, called an accounting error or just blamed on Bush. Then, The 0’s little pets would have all been promoted and reassigned to keep their mouths shut until after Statute of Limitations had run out.

How do you think they’ve done this crap in Chicago for so long?


18 posted on 04/02/2012 2:25:20 PM PDT by Unrepentant VN Vet ((291 and a wakeup) Truth, I know, always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition.)
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To: TonyInOhio
Among the other expenses were $3,200 for a mind reader

I knew they'd do that. < /s>

What I wish I knew is when the prosecution will take place. On the other hand, I guess I do know. NEVER.

19 posted on 04/02/2012 2:28:28 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Myth Romney: "Governor Goodhair" is really just a Whig.)
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To: TonyInOhio

I am sure this will be headline news tonight on the MSM channels...... (not...)


20 posted on 04/02/2012 2:30:45 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: TonyInOhio

Martha Johnson

21 posted on 04/02/2012 2:33:23 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Colonel_Flagg

The mind reader was probably the only one there with credibility.


22 posted on 04/02/2012 2:33:48 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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In November 2001 thru January 2003, Johnson became vice president of the Council for Excellence in Government. She is a former official in the administration of President Bill Clinton.

Johnson's nomination languished for months after Missouri Sen. Kit Bond placed a hold on her nomination over concerns he had about why the GSA wasn't closing down the federally owned Bannister Complex outside Kansas City, Missouri and relocating staff to leased space in downtown Kansas City.

On February 3, 2010, Obama, in an unusual move for a sitting president, sharply criticized Bond and Republican senators for blocking Johnson's nomination, and complained that Republicans were blocking nominees for reasons that have nothing to do with their qualifications for their prospective jobs.

Obama said:

"Nobody can tell me that there's anything particularly wrong with her. They're blocking her because of some unrelated matter. Don't hold this — this woman hostage. If you have an objection about my health-care policies, then let's debate the health-care policies. But don't suddenly end up having a GSA administrator who is stuck in limbo somewhere because you don't like something else that we're doing."

On April 2, 2012, Martha Johnson submitted her resignation to the White House due to overspending at a training conference held in October 2010 at a Las Vegas, NV hotel.

Press Here

23 posted on 04/02/2012 2:43:43 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: driftdiver

GSA does purchase alot of things for the Government, but DOD still buys the most.. You are correct on the other items as GSA runs it self pretty much like a business.. For the most part, they receive funding by getting agencies to buy through them and GSA bills the agency for the cost + adminstrative costs a little bit of margin to fund future investments.


24 posted on 04/02/2012 2:45:44 PM PDT by scbison
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To: TonyInOhio
President Obama “was outraged by the excessive spending, questionable dealings with contractors, and disregard for taxpayer dollars”

Only the King is allowed to do such things.

25 posted on 04/02/2012 2:46:05 PM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: TonyInOhio

http://twitter.com/#!/marthagsa

Martha N. Johnson; @MarthaGSA
Thanks to all the participants and federal employees that joined us in #Columbus for the #WHSummit. Next up, Orlando!

Martha N. Johnson; @MarthaGSA
.@USDOL has a large presence at the #WHSummit and talking about #jobs, training, and worker safety.

Martha N. Johnson; @MarthaGSA
RT @relevanza: It’s really an amazing array of people, backgrounds, interests here at White House Summit...just like America! #WHSummit


26 posted on 04/02/2012 2:48:25 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: TonyInOhio
Among the other expenses were $3,200 for a mind reader; $6,300 on commemorative coin set displayed in velvet boxes and $75,000 on a training exercise to build a bicycle.

I'm going to guess........

mind reader = Joe Biden

commemorative coin set = 0bama 'historic election coins'

bicycle training exercise = display by Union Government Motors employees looking to create a "green" vehicle that [hopefully] won't burst into flames.

27 posted on 04/02/2012 2:49:57 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: freeangel

“Why is she not in jail”?
One of Holders people???


28 posted on 04/02/2012 2:56:51 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: GlockThe Vote

The very same one. In fact the same one who has blown millions on his vacations.


29 posted on 04/02/2012 3:04:02 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: TonyInOhio; zot; Interesting Times

Oh come on, resigning because of spending a measely $835,000! That is just “BUDGET DUST.”

And it gave Harry Reid’s union supporters in Las Vegas pay back for their support in the last election, and probably an extra bonus for every time they voted that day.

Sarcasm off.


30 posted on 04/02/2012 3:06:20 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Justaham

An idea what her husband does?


31 posted on 04/02/2012 3:07:48 PM PDT by Paratrooper
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To: TonyInOhio

and the RATS, take another one in the.........HA ha!!!

32 posted on 04/02/2012 3:10:45 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Paratrooper
An idea what her husband does?

Looks at the pictures, rather than reading the articles, in Playboy?

33 posted on 04/02/2012 3:46:55 PM PDT by Lovely-Day-For-A-Guinness (Eenie meanie, chili beanie, the spirits are about to speak....)
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To: morphing libertarian
The mind reader was probably the only one there with credibility.

If he asked for cash up front, yes.

34 posted on 04/02/2012 3:50:43 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: kcvl

You’d think she shouldn’t have to be told to WASH HER FREAKING HAIR before a portrait shoot....


35 posted on 04/02/2012 4:00:44 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (The only flaw is that America doesn't recognize Cyber's omniscience. -- sergeantdave)
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To: TonyInOhio

I am an event organizer for another federal agency. Our conference attendees barely get coffee and every single cent has to be accounted for.

The FAR and GAO set the guidelines and they apply to all of us. I don’t understand how they are able to justify this, since it’s approved in advance.


36 posted on 04/02/2012 4:01:41 PM PDT by mom4melody
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks TonyInOhio.
Martha Johnson has resigned along with two of her deputies, reportedly over an impending inspector general’s report detailing lavish spending on a Vegas conference for a handful of government employees...

37 posted on 04/02/2012 4:03:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Cyber Liberty
And filed down those horse chompers...

But now I'm just being catty.

38 posted on 04/02/2012 4:15:08 PM PDT by IrishPennant (Are you behind a "Blade of Grass?")
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To: TonyInOhio

If they all resigned over outlandish spending the halls of congress would be empty. Which would not be a bad thing, come to think about it.


39 posted on 04/02/2012 4:27:20 PM PDT by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: TonyInOhio
$75,000 on a training exercise to build a bicycle.

Must be one o them special Al Bore wooden bicycles....

40 posted on 04/02/2012 4:34:13 PM PDT by spokeshave
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To: Paratrooper

An idea what her husband does?

Gargle with antifreeze every morning and pray for death?


41 posted on 04/02/2012 4:37:15 PM PDT by txhurl (Thank you, Andrew Breitbart. In your untimely passing, you have exposed these people one last time.)
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To: Lovely-Day-For-A-Guinness

Excellent!!


42 posted on 04/02/2012 4:44:03 PM PDT by Paratrooper
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To: GlockThe Vote
Obama: don’t blow your cash in Vegas

He was following his own advice. He wasn't blowing his money he was blowing our money!

43 posted on 04/02/2012 4:52:17 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: TonyInOhio
...over an impending inspector general’s report detailing lavish spending on a Vegas conference for a handful of government employees...

The NEW YORK TIMES will NOT be interested in this story.

44 posted on 04/02/2012 5:16:53 PM PDT by GOPJ (Democrat-Media Complex - buried stories and distorted facts... freeper 'andrew' Breitbart)
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To: TonyInOhio

$6300 on a commemorative coin set? And I’ll bet you it was pennies.


45 posted on 04/02/2012 5:30:53 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: TonyInOhio

$3200 for a mind reader? I didn’t realize Ann Coulter worked so cheap.


46 posted on 04/02/2012 5:32:05 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: NEMDF

I think your right, the articles will follow the segment about the untouched photos of 17 year old Trayvon that the MSM misplaced.


47 posted on 04/02/2012 5:54:45 PM PDT by BilLies (Ass.Press ABCBSNBCNN, NYTimes, WaPOSt , etc., hate your Traditional American guts!)
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To: TonyInOhio

Libs haven’t a problem spending, spending, spending OPM to their hearts content as they will rationalize some of the most outrageous scenarios as to why they must.

As I’ve posted in the past on several occasions the Libs are the last ones we want hovering over the government counting house. They are nuts! It’s our money, and we had better be wise with it. Never vote Democrat.


48 posted on 04/02/2012 7:35:10 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: GreyFriar
Oh come on, resigning because of spending a measely $835,000! That is just “BUDGET DUST.”

Heh! Good quote.

49 posted on 04/02/2012 7:47:10 PM PDT by zot
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To: hattend

>> She’ll just be replaced by another career bureaucrat <<

She was a political appointee, not a career bureaucrat.

(Not sure, however, which is worse!)


50 posted on 04/02/2012 7:56:30 PM PDT by Hawthorn
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