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Suspended GSA executive back on the job
The Washington Times ^ | 30 May 2012 | Jim McElhatton

Posted on 05/30/2012 8:24:18 AM PDT by mandaladon

More than a month after he was put on leave when a video surfaced showing him joking about the lavish spending — $823,000 — at a taxpayer-funded General Services Administration conference in Las Vegas, a top official at the agency has quietly returned to his job.

David Foley, deputy commissioner of the GSA's Public Buildings Service, was one of the speakers at the convention who has come under sharp congressional scrutiny after an audit uncovered massive waste at the gathering, including a talent show, open bar and red-carpet party.

Introduced before his speech at the conference as a “platinum big leaguer,” Mr. Foley joked at one point with a colleague: “The hotel would like to talk to you about paying for the party that was held in the commissioner’s suite last night.”

Agency sources confirmed Tuesday that Mr. Foley had returned to the GSA after being out on administrative leave. Officials made no public announcement about Mr. Foley’s return. He was placed on leave in April, the same month he apologized in an appearance before Congress for remarks he made in Las Vegas.

“I attempted to make a joke in the context of a talent celebration that I perceived as being similar to a comedic roast,” Mr. Foley told a House committee investigating the GSA gathering.

He also said he wasn’t directly involved in planning for the conference or in any financial or contracting irregularities that surfaced after the GSA’s inspector general issued a report on the gathering this year.

Still, Mr. Foley and other GSA executives and employees from Washington who attended the agency’s Western Regions Conference would have been hard-pressed to miss clear signs of what one organizer boasted to be “over the top” spending.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: gsa; obama
The conference, documented in hours of video and hundreds of photos, revealed federal workers sipping martinis, wine and beer; putting on magic and talent shows; and playing games and participating in team-building exercises near the pool of a posh Las Vegas resort...................Obama and his corrupt administration...laughing at the American voters.
1 posted on 05/30/2012 8:24:26 AM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

You think he would be hiding under a rock somewhere


2 posted on 05/30/2012 8:27:56 AM PDT by molson209
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks mandaladon.


3 posted on 05/30/2012 8:32:09 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: mandaladon
“I attempted to make a joke in the context of a talent celebration that I perceived as being similar to a comedic roast,”

The "joke gone bad" defense.

4 posted on 05/30/2012 8:32:39 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: molson209

“You think he would be hiding under a rock somewhere...”

that he isn’t is indeed our fault...


5 posted on 05/30/2012 8:34:26 AM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: mo

Just how stupid does the government think its citizens are?

Don’t answer, I already know.


6 posted on 05/30/2012 8:44:26 AM PDT by jayrunner
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To: mandaladon

What a huge job we have before us to get these grafters and grifters out of the Federal agencies! they are robbing us blind.


7 posted on 05/30/2012 8:44:41 AM PDT by squarebarb
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To: mandaladon

oh, come on now, he has learned his lesson and if he does it again we shall use the comfy chair upon him!


8 posted on 05/30/2012 8:49:29 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Extraneous Wind sends ...)
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To: jayrunner

Stupidity?!!

they’re basically daring We the People to do something about it!!


9 posted on 05/30/2012 8:57:13 AM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: mo

“they’re basically daring We the People to do something about it!!”

That was King George’s attitude. Hmmmn ....


10 posted on 05/30/2012 9:00:04 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: mandaladon

He got a one month paid vacation, after his Las vegas vacation and now is back to work!

Bottom line, he got paid vacations; we got screwed,


11 posted on 05/30/2012 9:09:49 AM PDT by MindBender26 (America can survive 4 years of Romney. She cannot survive another 4 years of an unfettered Obama!)
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To: NonValueAdded
Not the Comfy chair! Anything but that!
12 posted on 05/30/2012 9:28:04 AM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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To: mandaladon
Foley sucks up a $146,000 salary PLUS; and a post-LV $1000 bonus (for creativity in bilking taxpayers?).


One of the hundreds of snapshots posted on an internal GSA website of the $823,000, four-day affair in Las Vegas in 2010.


GSA official Jeff Neely photos posted on Google Plus by his wife Deborah enjoying Wine and Soak in Spa Tub at posh Hotel During one of several tax-paid "Pre-Conference" Meetings. Apr 16, 2012. The eight pre-conference trips alone cost the government $130,000, according to the GSA investigation.

Neely also traveled to several other luxury resorts and to Hawaii. About 115 expensive IPads--- listed as "prizes" for the LV conference are missing---one was traced to Neeley's daughter who apparently does not work for the GSA. Inspector General Brian Miller has referred this case to the DOJ for possible criminal investigation.

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Notice how practiced they are at govt fraud....indicating this was done over and over. Probably there is an internal Govt Fraud Network with all of 'em colluding in ways to bilk the taxpayers?

ITEM Martha Johnson was forced to resign as GSA chief---she apparently had millions of tax dollars just laying around---so she spent an incredible $820,000 for the conference. Among the expenditures she okayed: $31,000 for a "networking reception," $146,000 for catered food and drinks, as well as $130,000 in expenses to "scout" the conference's hotel location.

ITEM Apparently, Johnson's advance team had to travel to Vegas six times to get a handle on where best to discuss GSA business and eat $4 a piece shrimp at a "cocktail party." Cheese trays at the LV party cost $19 per person, and the sushi station, another $7,000. After all that partying, the govt employees who were still hungry the next morning, got breakfast for $44 per person.

ITEM One fired official "knew nothing." He testified to Congress that he didn't know taxpayers would be billed $1,960 for a party in his luxury suite at the posh Las Vegas resort.

ITEM Robert Peck said he had paid for some food out of his own pocket and was "surprised" when additional food arrived - eventually paid for by taxpayers. "Know Nothing Peck" ended up handing out at least one $9000 bonus (that we know of) to one of the fraudsters...."for services rendered."

13 posted on 05/30/2012 9:41:36 AM PDT by Liz
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To: mandaladon

Notice the clever wording on Jeff Neely “leaving the GSA”.

He is not fired, quitting or retiring. He is going elsewhere. So for all we know, he is just moving over to another government job in another department, probably with the same salary and benefits.


14 posted on 05/30/2012 9:51:40 AM PDT by oldbill
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To: molson209

They can’t be fired...


15 posted on 05/30/2012 9:52:56 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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10 Insanely Overpaid Public Employees
By BLAIRE BRIODY, The Fiscal Times, July 13, 2011

When it comes to government employees, there’s plenty of news about laid off social workers in Florida, furloughed forest rangers in Minnesota, and underpaid teachers everywhere else. Yet even during these hard times, there are thousands of government employees who still earn great, big salaries – many of them hundreds of thousands more than the $400,000 Obama pulls down each year.

In 2009, 347 Texas state employees earned more than the president; 53 of them made more than $600,000. In New York, 35 employees were paid over $400k last year.

Since 2005, the number of Federal employees earning $150,000 plus has jumped tenfold: going from 12,399 to 171,689. Much of the increase has been in medicine. Doctors at veterans hospitals and prisons averaged $179,500 in 2010, up from $111,000 in 2005.

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See slideshow on 10 insanely overpaid government employees. We reported all their yearly earnings, which in addition to base salary, includes bonuses, overtime pay, and other pay. The “other pay” can be things like unused sick days--$594,976 worth of them for one California employee – something private sector employees could only dream of.

http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2011/07/13/10-Insanely-Overpaid-Public-Employees.aspx#page1

Photo Gallery: 8 Outrageously Cushy Government Pensions

16 posted on 05/30/2012 9:55:57 AM PDT by Liz
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To: mandaladon
Dirty stinking bastard and all those around him.
One thing I will give the Chinese, the only thing, they know how to handle their corrupt government officials caught dipping into the till.
17 posted on 05/30/2012 9:59:04 AM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: All
Sure, the govt fraudsters cant---and wont---- be fired, but there are other ways to nail 'em.

REFERENCE Under the Bank Secrecy Act, banks are required to establish, implement and maintain programs designed to detect and report suspicious activity indicative of money laundering and other financial crimes.

“The Bank Secrecy Act was enacted to protect the public from harm by identifying and detecting money laundering from criminal enterprises, terrorism, tax evasion or other unlawful activities,” the special agent in charge for Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, explained.

L/E needs to examine the bank accounts used to pay for govt activities.

NOTE WELL The "Bank Secrecy Act" was passed to protect the public from harm by identifying and detecting criminal enterprises, money laundering, tax evasion or other unlawful activities.

Under the Bank Secrecy Act, banks are required to establish, implement and maintain programs designed to detect and report suspicious activity that might be indicative of govt fraud, money laundering, embezzlement, and other financial crimes.

<><> Joint bank accounts might be used to facilitate the transfer of of govt funds. Govt monies may pay for personal and private expenses, credit cards, real estate sunsidies and vehicle purchases.

<><> To cover their tracks, fake invoices might be created to show that money deposited into accounts was being used for legitimate govt purposes.

The scheme might be advanced by issuing phony statements of payments from federal and state sources that actually covered the transfer of funds for govt employees own use.

<><> L/E is directed to get ahold of: (1) copies of checks, (2) wire transfers, (3) account statements, (4) invoices, (5) bills, (6) delivery tickets, (7) correspondence including e-mail, contracts, loan agreements, and, (8) any other books or records. L/E should also explore (a) monies paid to brokers, sub-brokers, (b) family members, (c) mortgage brokers, (d) financial managers, and, (e) real estate agents, brokers, and developers.

<><> L/E should scrutinize bank accounts for suspicious activites: (A) large deposits, (B) funds transferred from one account into another, (C) frequent requests for withdrawals.

<><> Bank records might also show diversions to secret LLC other accounts, to operate personal businesses. Govt fraud can also be facilitated by withdrawals, gift cards purchases, credit card purchases and intrabank transfers from govt accounts into personal accounts.

<><> A huge tipoff is whether bank withdrawals support luxurious lifestyle including payments for real estate, investment and stock holdings, jewelry, luxury vehicles, resort travel and gifts from luxury outlets for wives and mistresses.

Taxpayers demand the Bank Secrecy Act be used to prosecute govt fraud pronto.

FBI TIPS PAGE https://tips.fbi.gov

18 posted on 05/30/2012 10:18:18 AM PDT by Liz
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To: HIDEK6

only works for rats.

ask Trent Lott.


19 posted on 05/30/2012 12:06:51 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: mandaladon

A months paid vacation as punishment. That just shows you how powerful government workers unions are.


20 posted on 05/30/2012 12:15:39 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: TurboZamboni

... or Fuzzy Zoeller.


21 posted on 05/30/2012 12:35:21 PM PDT by HIDEK6
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