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GSA Testimony Becomes Tense on 2nd Day
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2112284,00.html#ixzz1sLNJ0zHt ^

Posted on 04/17/2012 4:38:40 PM PDT by kcvl

Inspector General Brian Miller, whose report on the Las Vegas conference touched off congressional investigations, almost seemed overwhelmed by the scope of wrongdoing. "Every time we turned over a stone we found 50 more with all kinds of things crawling out," Miller said.

Family members often were taken along, and in an email exchange between GSA regional executive Jeffrey Neely and his wife last November, they wrote of a planned trip turning into a birthday celebration.

The 17-day trip took place last February to Hawaii, Guam and Saipan. Neely — who was placed on administrative leave — wrote his wife: "Rough schedule per our conversation. Guess this'll be your birthday present?"

She responded, "Its yo birthday....We gonna pawty like iz yo birthday!"

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


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: sourcetitlenoturl

1 posted on 04/17/2012 4:38:48 PM PDT by kcvl
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Miller said 115 electronic devices purchased for GSA prize ceremonies were missing, and one was traced to a daughter of Neely.

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2112284,00.html#ixzz1sLNrrnCX


2 posted on 04/17/2012 4:40:56 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

“Work harder, tax slaves, we have a big party in Vegas coming up!”


3 posted on 04/17/2012 4:42:22 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: kcvl
Looters. They are all looters.

Some are big crooks, and some are small crooks. But the Washington insiders are all crooks.

This is why the Founders gave us limited government. Government should be small, and weak and starved for cash. That way it doesn't become tyranny, and that way the people with larcenous intentions will go elsewhere to practice their trade.

4 posted on 04/17/2012 4:44:38 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: Travis McGee

>> reporter: the has been at the center of the scandal, jeff neeley did not show up on capitol hill today.

>> i have no comment.

>> i guess the only way we’ll get to see him is on a video in the hot tub .

>> this is neeley relaxing in the tub, and enjoying some wine on a scoutingi itrip to the las vegas resort that cost taxpayers almost a million dollars. he’s facing a criminal investigation and has invoked his right to remain silent. there are more questions about his travels. two months ago he took a 17-day junket to the pacific. and in an e-mail to his wife said, guess this will be your birthday present. last month, he was part of an executive team meeting in napa, california. cost the taxpayers $40,000.

http://video.msnbc.msn.com/nightly-news/47079879/


5 posted on 04/17/2012 4:45:09 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

They should be taken out and shot. Would happen in many countries.


6 posted on 04/17/2012 4:45:09 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: kcvl

Justice Dept: Okay Whites wait in these cells over here while we process you.

Blacks, wait down at Outback where dinner and drinks will be served while you wait your turn.


7 posted on 04/17/2012 4:46:14 PM PDT by papageo
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To: ClearCase_guy

A timeline released by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday shows that GSA executive Jeffrey Neely took five trips totaling 44 days, including a 17-day trip to Hawaii, Guam and Saipan that he and his wife planned as a birthday celebration.

All came after a May 2011 briefing by Inspector General Brian Miller on his preliminary findings. While Miller was still 11 months away from publicly releasing his final report on GSA spending, he issued the early warning to stop the travel. But it did no good.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/17/gsa-hearings-congress-las-vegas-conference_n_1430824.html


8 posted on 04/17/2012 4:53:09 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

This what is known as “gubmint stimulus fundin”.


9 posted on 04/17/2012 4:55:41 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: beethovenfan

No. Sadly you are wrong. This is mostly a standard of practices in most countries. Except here they do not call it corruption. Its called commission.


10 posted on 04/17/2012 4:58:55 PM PDT by saywhatagain
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To: ClearCase_guy

Whoever thought that sharing one’s income with the central government was a good idea should be dug up and subjected to public hanging. Were people so incredibly ignorant that they couldn’t see how the bloated, greedy parasites in government would never be satisfied with the promised limit of 3% on income tax?

Governments lie and steal from the people until the people wise up. Anyone who tried to plow their way through the hundreds of tax forms at irs.gov knows we need to start over with something that makes sense. This is just wrong.


11 posted on 04/17/2012 5:05:03 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: saywhatagain; beethovenfan
You are absolutely correct.

In most countries this sort of behavior is part of the compensation system.

12 posted on 04/17/2012 5:09:18 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: ClearCase_guy

Read Ayn Rand much?


13 posted on 04/17/2012 5:16:34 PM PDT by TheConservator ("I spent my life trying not to be careless. Women and children can be careless, but not men.")
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To: kcvl
This just pisses me off! I have been struggling for 3 plus years trying to keep my business afloat and 45 people employed and these yahoo's are are jetting around like Warren Buffet on our dime!
14 posted on 04/17/2012 5:23:54 PM PDT by martinidon
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To: kcvl
Miller also discussed how items that were stored as GSA employee prizes were reported stolen, with the trail in one case allegedly leading back to Neely's family.

He said 40 items were originally reported stolen, but then investigators found about 115 iPods were missing from that prize program. After subpoenaing Apple for information, Miller said it turned out one of the iPods was "in Mr. Neely's personal possession." Neely's daughter, he said, had been "downloading iTunes."

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/04/17/lawmakers-slam-gsa-officials-for-south-pacific-trips-at-2nd-day-hearings/#ixzz1sLaNuLma

15 posted on 04/17/2012 5:31:20 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: kcvl
This just pisses me off! I have been struggling for 3 plus years trying to keep my business afloat and 45 people employed and these yahoo's are are jetting around like Warren Buffet on our dime!
16 posted on 04/17/2012 5:32:24 PM PDT by martinidon
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To: forgotten man

Jeff Neeley enjoying our tax money!

"Here sits Jeffrey Neely, "Super Hack" and Western Regional Commissioner for the GSA gleefully enjoying drinks in a taxpayer paid hot tub...Hope the water temperature was to his satisfaction"

17 posted on 04/17/2012 7:10:38 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: martinidon

BILL OUR UNCLE SAM: Deborah and Jeff Neely live it up at the Las Vegas M Resort in 2009 while scouting it out for the scandalous GSA conference

18 posted on 04/17/2012 7:15:04 PM PDT by kcvl
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The committee released e-mails in which the brazen Neely, who earns $179,000 a year and is still being paid on administrative leave, flaunted his position as a regional commissioner and even invited friends to share in the taxpayer extravagance at the M Resort Spa and Casino, where the hot-tub photos — which first emerged on ABC News — were taken in 2009 while he took an advance trip there with his wife to check it out.

If you come, we typically host a nice happy hour in my suite one night (with u and the boys as part of it). I know. I am bad. But as deb and I say often, why not enjoy it while we have it and while we can. Aint going to last forever,” Neely wrote, referring to his wife.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/tub_of_trouble_for_gsa_honcho_over_yuv9Altsg4wjI9Bf01Ah7I#ixzz1sM1k0TJM


19 posted on 04/17/2012 7:19:06 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Travis McGee

Wouldn’t it be so much better if it was just corruption or racism facilitating this instead of a total citizenry having lost its understanding of the purposes and limitations of government?


20 posted on 04/17/2012 7:19:19 PM PDT by KC Burke (Newton's New First Law, Repeal and Restore!)
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To: Travis McGee

Wouldn’t it be so much better if it was just corruption or racism facilitating this instead of a total citizenry having lost its understanding of the purposes and limitations of government?


21 posted on 04/17/2012 7:19:33 PM PDT by KC Burke (Newton's New First Law, Repeal and Restore!)
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To: Travis McGee

Wouldn’t it be so much better if it was just corruption or racism facilitating this instead of a total citizenry having lost its understanding of the purposes and limitations of government?


22 posted on 04/17/2012 7:20:19 PM PDT by KC Burke (Newton's New First Law, Repeal and Restore!)
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The joys of posting from my phone.


23 posted on 04/17/2012 7:22:46 PM PDT by KC Burke (Newton's New First Law, Repeal and Restore!)
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To: kcvl

It doesn’t seem right that congress is doing the investigation. GSA probably arranges most the of congressional junkets for them.


24 posted on 04/17/2012 7:24:17 PM PDT by ThomasThomas ("Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!")
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To: KC Burke

Check out the pictures of the hotel rooms Jeff & wife enjoyed on our dime!!!

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/04/cheers-photos-show-embattled-gsa-official-enjoying-wine-and-soak-in-spa-tub-at-m-hotel-during-pre-conference-meeting/


25 posted on 04/17/2012 7:24:23 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Travis McGee

Boiling in oil is too good for these people.


26 posted on 04/17/2012 7:28:24 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Travis McGee

The General Services Administration, the great landlord of this nation, is continuing to eat it, as Jeffrey Neely, pictured, one of the GSA executives who took egregious “research” trips to Vegas prior to organizing an over-the-top conference in the same locale, spent Monday testifying before Congress uselessly (he pled the Fifth). Meanwhile, word of an “exploding toilet” at GSA headquarters in 2011 manages to not be a letdown despite some GSA employees’ requests to conceal some of the information involving the exploding toilet for “privacy reasons” or whatever. What we do know is that said exploding toilet injured two GSA employees, and that the report pertaining to the debacle is referred to as the “Domestic Water Incident,” not to be confused with the Domestic Water Incident that Jeffrey Neely’s wife posted to her Google+ account, which here shows Mr. Neely, during his 2009 “research trip,” in a clawfoot bathtub overlooking the arid splendor of Las Vegas, two giant glasses of something — wine? sangria? Arbor Mist? blood? — perched on the edge of the tub.

First to the exploding toilet. Muckrock obtained relevant documents, via self-proclaimed “FOI geek” Jason Smathers, using the Freedom of Information Act. The documents — those that Smathers were able to get, anyway — show that the explosion resulted in one person having a shard of a toilet bowl lodged in/on their person and that the water quite obviously “ejected” out of the toilets onto both “victims.” The piece of toilet bowl was then removed by a nurse.

People were then warned to avoid the toilets entirely (really!) out of concerns that other toilets might explode and result in pieces of porcelain stabbing them in the rear. Unfortunately because of Neely’s Arbor Mist bubble bath at the M Resort and Casino Las Vegas, there was no money for people to be able to perform normal, inexpensive bodily functions.

Sadly, Smathers was not able to obtain “personnel and medical files and similar files” using the FOIA, which sound enticing, but here are the e-mails and other things he did obtain!

Now to clever Mrs. Neely, who posted an entire photo album on Google+ called “MHotel@VegasNov2009,” which ABC News quite easily got its hands on. Here are some more pictures from that album:

http://wonkette.com/470075/gsa-crashing-its-own-party-with-tales-of-exploding-toilets-bubble-baths-and-wine-coolers


27 posted on 04/17/2012 7:29:52 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: ThomasThomas

All packed: A feather boa sits in one of the suitcases in the Neelys' suite

28 posted on 04/17/2012 7:39:06 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl
the brazen Neely, who earns $179,000 a year

Hell, that's major theft right there.

29 posted on 04/17/2012 7:41:23 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: Lurker

He made a joking reference at the ceremony to Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia congressional delegate, and presented an award to a GSA staff member who made a rap video making fun of the conference spending.

Previously, Neely had told investigators that a $2,700 party he threw in his Las Vegas hotel suite was an employee-awards event, according to a transcript of the interview.

‘This is an award recognition ceremony ....’ Neely told an internal investigator. ‘That’s what this was. That’s...not a Neely party right. I actually ... it was in a suite that wasn’t even mine.’

The investigator then confronted Neely with his email saying that he and his wife ‘are hosting a party in our loft room. There will be wine and beer and some munchies....’ There was no mention of awards.

When Neely insisted again it was an awards event, the skeptical investigator told him, ‘You realize how this looks?’

‘I get it that it looks funny,’ Neely said.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2130738/GSA-investigation-Jeffrey-Neely-face-criminal-charges-blowing-820k-Las-Vegas-conference.html


30 posted on 04/17/2012 7:41:56 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl
Miller said 115 electronic devices purchased for GSA prize ceremonies were missing, and one was traced to a daughter of Neely.

Where is my the government's iPad?

31 posted on 04/17/2012 8:18:45 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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