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GSA official reprimanded for planning party to celebrate herself
Politico ^ | 9/6/2012 | David Levinthal

Posted on 09/06/2012 4:15:42 PM PDT by RightGeek

The General Services Administration’s Julia Hudson was ready to party last month, inviting roughly 1,200 federal employees to celebrate the second anniversary of her appointment as the scandal-scarred agency’s National Capital Region administrator.

Refreshments would be served in Hudson’s seventh-floor downtown D.C. office suite, including a cake bearing her image, GSA sources familiar with the event’s planning tell POLITICO.

But on the morning of the event, the GSA’s top leadership abruptly canceled it. They were unaware of Hudson’s plans until the night before — and determined to avoid yet another embarrassment to an agency still suffering from the infamous 2010 Las Vegas conference that featured commemorative coins in velvet boxes, a clown and a mind reader.

GSA leaders verbally reprimanded Hudson for scheduling the event, said agency spokeswoman Betsaida Alcantara.

“The event was canceled because it does not meet the new guidelines and we determined it was not a good use of employees’ time,” Alcantara said. “This event was not submitted for review. All GSA senior staff has received these guidelines. … As soon as we found out about this event, we acted.”

Since Administrator Martha Johnson resigned and two of her deputies were fired in April, all internal events must be cleared by GSA Chief Administrative Officer Cynthia Mezler. GSA estimates it has saved $11 million in taxpayer money from canceled events.

But this celebration of a political appointee’s job, set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 28, wasn’t cleared.

Nor was it the first such party for Hudson. She held a similar event last year to fete the first anniversary of her appointment.

Dozens, if not hundreds of employee work hours would have been spent at Hudson’s celebration. Alcantara says Hudson told GSA officials she would have paid out of her own pocket for the refreshments, estimated at $200, had her event taken place.

As national capital region administrator, Hudson is “responsible for the entire Washington metro area federal real estate inventory of 96 million square feet in more than 80 government-owned and leased facilities that house nearly 300,000 federal workers,” according to her GSA biography. She also oversees the “acquisition of office space, equipment, telecommunications and information technology.”

Hudson did not return repeated phone calls and email messages requesting comment.

Prior to joining GSA, Hudson worked as vice president of Chase Communications and chief of staff for Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).

In addition to the Las Vegas conference, the GSA also came under intense scrutiny for conducting events that included sending staffers to cooking classes and procuring $20,000 of drumsticks for a “drum band exercise” at an Arlington, Va., hotel.

As GSA’s acting administrator, Dan Tangherlini vowed earlier this year to clean up the agency.

“We are taking steps to improve internal controls and oversight to ensure this never happens again,” Tangherlini told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, promising “full accountability for these activities so that we can begin to restore the trust of the American people.”

Tangherlini and GSA Inspector General Brian Miller are scheduled to testify next Wednesday before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on the future of the agency.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: corruption; dnccorruption; dncrico; fireher; gsa; obama; rico; screwtaxpayers4dnc

Sure I'll take good care of the taxpayer's money!

1 posted on 09/06/2012 4:15:45 PM PDT by RightGeek
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To: RightGeek
I guess in her mind, the Little People can just eat cake.

As long as GSA pays for it...

2 posted on 09/06/2012 4:18:17 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: RightGeek

Why not? Remember the near coronation that Pelosi had when she became speaker? Self congratulations is just part of the Dems DNA.


3 posted on 09/06/2012 4:18:21 PM PDT by newheart (At what point does policy become treason?)
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To: RightGeek

Ms. hudson should be frogmarched to the nearest cell and stay there for several years. What a sickening lack of integrity. Does this pinheaded Lib fool get away with this crap because she’s LGBT or something?


4 posted on 09/06/2012 4:18:37 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: hal ogen

Probably.


5 posted on 09/06/2012 4:20:18 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: RightGeek

She’s just taking her cue from Dear Leader and the Empress.


6 posted on 09/06/2012 4:22:36 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: RightGeek

After all... “The Government is something we all belong too”.
She built that! lol


7 posted on 09/06/2012 4:23:14 PM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: RightGeek

If a billionaire wants to throw a celebration of some sort for himself he has the means to do so. This dear woman who is a selfless “public servant” and apparently a minority and of course a woman does not have the means to do so. At least not in the proper manner. So it is only fair that the taxpayers fund a party to her liking. So shut up and get back to work to earn lots of nice taxable income


8 posted on 09/06/2012 4:23:27 PM PDT by all the best (`~!)
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To: RightGeek
A high level Federal appointment is better than getting a social security disability, it's the ultimate EBT.
9 posted on 09/06/2012 4:23:33 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: RightGeek

Julia E. Hudson
(202) 708-9100
julia.hudson@gsa.gov


10 posted on 09/06/2012 4:25:27 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: RightGeek

Ah, one of the almighty educated taxpayers/producers. Bet she can’t decide which socialist to vote for. Have fun. Enjoy the slide.


11 posted on 09/06/2012 4:28:57 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: all the best

Funny you put it that way. If a wealthy American, ok, a wealthy, Conservative American throws a big party (1200 guests) the MSM would mount their high horse and proclaim how evil! A member of the entitled class that works for the gub’mint blows our money and nothing.


12 posted on 09/06/2012 4:33:42 PM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: RightGeek
This certainly deserves a

PETER PRINCIPLE IN ACTION AWARD

She is verified to be incompetent.

13 posted on 09/06/2012 4:37:52 PM PDT by PeterPrinciple ( (Lord, save me from some conservatives, they don't understand history any better than liberals.))
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To: RightGeek

A party 2 years after her quota hire? 25 years maybe but 2 years?


14 posted on 09/06/2012 4:49:24 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Hopey changey Low emission unicorns and a crap sandwich)
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To: RightGeek
merely another self loving RAT cow with delusions of grandeur and her snout stuffed into the public trough up to her eyeballs...
15 posted on 09/06/2012 4:50:27 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: RightGeek

Another Democrat who thinks the universe revolves around her.....how rare.


16 posted on 09/06/2012 4:51:02 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: RightGeek

these kind of government workers are in managment positions all over the country and none of them care about this counrty but to use it up and take it down. this one should be fired.


17 posted on 09/06/2012 5:01:32 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: jimbo123

So, did she ever pay back the country for the “$200” refreshments she probably billed us for her first party?

Did she reimburse the government for the cost of the salaries of 1200 employees that was wasted from them spending their company time eating at her petty party instead of doing their jobs?


18 posted on 09/06/2012 5:01:58 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: RightGeek
she would have paid out of her own pocket for the refreshments, estimated at $200

$200 worth of refreshments for 1200 people? What was she serving, one donut hole per person, and they had to bring their own drink?

19 posted on 09/06/2012 5:03:08 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: fella

you bet it is and most people appointed to these positions are not interested in the welfare of others..Just themselves.


20 posted on 09/06/2012 5:15:13 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: RightGeek

I immediately thought she had to be a black woman “celebrating herself”.

I would say there’s a good chance she’s lesbian as well.


21 posted on 09/06/2012 5:21:57 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: PistolPaknMama

$200 worth of refreshments for 1200 people? What was she serving, one donut hole per person, and they had to bring their own drink?
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Uh, that $200 must have been for the cake with her picture on it. No donut holes for the masses, just walk past the cake with your brown bag lunch and tell her what a great likeness that cake icer made. Leave your cash offering in the inter-office memo envelope with Benjamin peeking discreetly through one of the holes.


22 posted on 09/06/2012 5:27:06 PM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: RightGeek

She’d pay refreshments out of her own pocket? $200 for 1200 people? Dixie cups, water from the sink, and a supermarket cookie?


23 posted on 09/06/2012 5:49:58 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: RightGeek

The word ‘FIRED’ was missing from this article...


24 posted on 09/07/2012 12:47:30 AM PDT by Bon mots (When seconds count, the police are just minutes away...)
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To: RightGeek
GSA leaders verbally reprimanded Hudson...

Ooohh.. "verbally reprimanded"...
Whatever... Holder's people are in charge of the nation now, and they can do whatever they want. Plus, they figure if Marion Barry can get elected and re-elected mayor AFTER the public airing of a videotape of him smoking crack with a whore, then Ubama can get re-elected, too. I suspect they fail to understand that in national elections, people outside of the concentrated Democrat parasite nests ("cities") get to vote, too.

25 posted on 09/07/2012 1:00:38 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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