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GSA official’s wife accompanied him on trips at taxpayer expense
Washington Post ^ | April 17, 2010 | Lisa Rein

Posted on 04/18/2012 7:33:51 AM PDT by magellan

The senior government executive who organized the lavish Las Vegas conference at the center of a General Services Administration spending scandal took dozens of trips for the agency. The boss's wife accompanied him on some of them — and taxpayers picked up the tab.

Deborah Neely wasn't always just sharing husband Jeffrey E. Neely's hotel rooms at resorts from Las Vegas to the Pacific islands. She handled party arrangements, directed event planners to spend government money and arranged lodging for relatives on the GSA trip to Las Vegas in 2010, an unusual role revealed in transcripts of interviews that the agency's inspector general's office conducted with Jeffrey Neely, as well as in congressional hearings.

Her role as the "first lady of Region 9" — as an investigator called her — shows a management culture in GSA's Pacific Rim region that not only allowed the $823,000 Las Vegas gathering for 300 people and overspending on other conferences but also openly condoned perks for managers and their family members.

"Mr. Neely and his wife believe they were some sort of agency royalty who used taxpayer funds to bankroll their lavish lifestyle," Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (Md.), the ranking Democrat on the oversight panel, said Monday.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: corruption; democrats; destroyingamerica; fraud; gsa; neely; obama; partyhearty; waste
Sounds like a certain wife of a federal government worker in Washington D.C.

Read the whole thing. But take your blood pressure medicine first.

1 posted on 04/18/2012 7:34:00 AM PDT by magellan
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To: magellan

Deborah Neely just doin’ a Michelle.


2 posted on 04/18/2012 7:41:35 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: magellan

GSA - 12,000 employees who service only the Gov’t has an annual budget of $26.3 Billion

NASA - ~300,000 employees with an annual budget of $18.4 Billion and serve the US and mankind.

One of these has created countless jobs in Spin-off techology, helps mankind through advances in science, medical, chemistry, computer science, software and material sciences; the other is a group of parasites.

Am I the only one who has a problem with this?


3 posted on 04/18/2012 7:42:57 AM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: magellan

The rot begins at the head. This administration is evil and it is rotten through and through.


4 posted on 04/18/2012 7:44:13 AM PDT by IbJensen (We now have a government requiring citizens prove they are insured but not that they are citizens.)
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To: magellan

The heads of these Regions are political appointees of the administration. I wonder who recommended the regional administrator to the president...hum, it is in SF...now then, whom is the local rep, Queen Pelousy and if one looks at the Senate, we have two more dem losers....Boxer and Fienstein. I would begin looking there for an answer to my question of whose political patronage this job was. Furthermore, the history of GSA has its roots in the dems, mostly from the big cities...NY and Chicago used to run the show.


5 posted on 04/18/2012 7:47:34 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: Hodar
My daughter-in-law works for the feds and is working for the one of the pubbie budget committees and she will actually argue that they are cutting the federal budget in their proposals.

When I point out that if the amount of money being spent, increases, year over year, there is no way that the federal budget was cut.

The feds look at little departments and say, see we cut $100 in this budget, but yes overall the total budget went up by a .....

The federal employee, even the conservative ones, have a compartment in their heads, which say, we must increase entitlement spending just to stay even.

They are so ingrained in the "base line budgeting process" that they cannot understand, real cuts.

6 posted on 04/18/2012 7:55:27 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorists savages.)
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To: magellan
Does anyone have an explanation as to why his wife wrote, "It’s yo birfday. . . . We gonna pawty like iz yo birfday!” ? It is the style that I find interesting. Is she an adult? Does she have any education? Is English her first or second language? At first I thought that this email from her was made up but it appears that she did in fact send this email. It is odd to me, maybe I am old fashioned but her style just makes me shake my head.
7 posted on 04/18/2012 7:56:49 AM PDT by coon2000 (Give me Liberty or give me death!)
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To: USS Alaska

A Grifter Government. Those who “work” for it often are the enemy of a Free America.


8 posted on 04/18/2012 7:57:49 AM PDT by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: IbJensen

amen


9 posted on 04/18/2012 7:58:11 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Hodar

NO...you aren’t....and NASA is being cut....with your permission I want to post what you posted on my Facebook...pretty please....


10 posted on 04/18/2012 8:03:02 AM PDT by goodnesswins (2012..."We mutually pledge our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor")
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To: magellan

11 posted on 04/18/2012 8:10:45 AM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: coon2000

Apparently this an excerpt from a song by rapper 50 Cent.


12 posted on 04/18/2012 8:13:38 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: goodnesswins
....with your permission I want to post what you posted on my Facebook...pretty please....

By all means ...

I take that as a very high compliment ... thank you.

13 posted on 04/18/2012 8:16:25 AM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: magellan

I keep hitting on the same thing in hopes that, SOMEDAY, enough people will see and understand what I am saying.

Our government is corrupt and irreparably broken and we need to hit CTRL+ALT+DEL and reset it back to what the Founders originally intended. They left us a perfect government that worked pretty well for 200 years and, unfortunately, they had to leave the control and care of the government to people with lesser ability and lesser intelligence.


14 posted on 04/18/2012 8:23:06 AM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: DustyMoment

Regional Administrators of most federal agencies are political appointees—invariably ignorant hacks with ties to Congress and/or the White House.

Those positions need to be abolished across the board.


15 posted on 04/18/2012 8:27:04 AM PDT by cgbg (No bailouts for New York and California. Let them eat debt.)
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To: magellan
Ugh.

As much as I might enjoy blaming Obama for this and the Sec. Service stuff, I think to do so implies that it will all stop when he's out of office and I don't think it will. This is a Washington problem. This is a Federal Government problem that is bigger than party.

The sense of ‘entitlement’ isn't just a Dem problem, it is a Federal Government problem.

That said, Obama absolutely embodies that attitude and arrogance which is at the heart of this mess.

16 posted on 04/18/2012 8:27:58 AM PDT by mad puppy (Not my first choice, but I will vote for Mitt over Obama any time.)
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To: Hodar
NASA - ~300,000 employees with an annual budget of $18.4 Billion and serve the US and mankind.

Actually, since Obama killed the space program and ordered NASA to help Muslims appreciate their "contributions". I guess "contributions" is the code word for murder and destruction. They not only don't like Christians, they don't even like other Muslims that are different sects.

So, why does NASA have to focus on helping murderers "appreciate" their "contributions"??

17 posted on 04/18/2012 8:30:54 AM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: Hodar
NASA - ~300,000 employees with an annual budget of $18.4 Billion and serve the US and mankind.

Actually, since Obama killed the space program and ordered NASA to help Muslims appreciate their "contributions", NASA isn't doing anything to help anyone do anything. I guess "contributions" is the code word for murder and destruction. They not only don't like Christians, they don't even like other Muslims that are different sects.

So, why does NASA have to focus on helping murderers "appreciate" their "contributions"??

18 posted on 04/18/2012 8:31:57 AM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: magellan
"Mr. Neely and his wife believe they were some sort of agency royalty who used taxpayer funds to bankroll their lavish lifestyle,"

Lock 'em up and throw away the key.

19 posted on 04/18/2012 8:39:31 AM PDT by vortigern
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To: vortigern
"Mr. Neely and his wife believe they were some sort of agency royalty who used taxpayer funds to bankroll their lavish lifestyle,"

Maybe he thought he was saving us $47 a night...
20 posted on 04/18/2012 8:54:45 AM PDT by BikerJoe
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To: coon2000
Does anyone have an explanation as to why his wife wrote, "It’s yo birfday. . . . We gonna pawty like iz yo birfday!"

It is hip-hop speak. I can only guess the two were fans of hip-hop music, especially 50-Cent (a.k.a., "Fiddy"), since the line is a quote from the lyrics of one of his "songs".

See this article (and embedded video):

Jeff Neely’s Pacific Adventure

21 posted on 04/18/2012 9:13:58 AM PDT by magellan
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To: magellan
This whole administration is like "Brewster's Millions" trying to waste as much money as possible on worthless "non-investiments."

(commemorative token honoring the Stimulus)


Brewster's Millions

That damn token reminds me of when Brewter bought the priceless stamp and then used it on a postcard.

22 posted on 04/18/2012 9:17:40 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: Hodar

Brilliant. Really puts things in to perspective. I wonder if there is a breakdown like that for other areas of government. Spending per employee.


23 posted on 04/18/2012 9:56:05 AM PDT by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
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To: Hodar
NASA - ~300,000 employees with an annual budget of $18.4 Billion and serve the US and mankind.

I believe NASA directly employs 25,000 or so employees. I am not sure how many contract employees there are. Maybe that's the 300,000 number.

Still it's shocking the GSA has a budget of $26B -- that's insane. I like to see the government issue a breakdown of expenditures by these parasites.

24 posted on 04/18/2012 10:22:49 AM PDT by sand88 (Nothing on this Earth would get me to vote for Mitt.)
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I got the 300,000 number from this site.

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_employees_does_NASA_have

You are correct, that a bulk of them work for NASA as Gov’t contractors; however my point was “How many people does it take to complete the mission assigned, per Gov’t division?”. I am not aware of Gov’t Contractors assigned to the GSA - however, that could also prove interesting. Given the extremely limited scope of operations governed by the GSA, it seems wildly bloated “as-is”.

NASA has been gutted by the current administration, in fact we need to “hitch a ride” if we want to send anyone up to the International Space Station, compliments of Obama.


25 posted on 04/18/2012 10:32:28 AM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: magellan
Deborah Neely, 49, does not work for the government, but she used the credentials of a manager on her husband’s staff so she could join him at a trade show, according to transcripts reviewed by The Washington Post. Taxpayers covered the $711 registration fee.

This criminal wife and her criminal husband will soon be going to prison, and not together. Sickening abuse!

26 posted on 04/18/2012 10:33:20 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: magellan
Deborah Neely, 49, does not work for the government, but she used the credentials of a manager on her husband’s staff so she could join him at a trade show, according to transcripts reviewed by The Washington Post. Taxpayers covered the $711 registration fee.

This criminal wife and her criminal husband will soon be going to prison, and not together. Sickening abuse!

27 posted on 04/18/2012 10:40:21 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: Hodar
Given the extremely limited scope of operations governed by the GSA, it seems wildly bloated “as-is”.

Wildly bloated is an understatement!!

Do you know if there is a document listing detailed expenditures by the GSA?

Every government agency should have their budgets reduced by 75% in absolute terms. Also, 80% of the government workers should be fired and their pensions revoked.

The damage done to our Republic by the government parasite class is incalculable. They are enemies of Freedom.

28 posted on 04/18/2012 11:48:22 AM PDT by sand88 (Nothing on this Earth would get me to vote for Mitt.)
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To: magellan

Who cares? It’s just government money. Obama can get more from his stash.


29 posted on 04/18/2012 12:00:40 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: rawhide

What is Neely’s salary at GSA?


30 posted on 04/18/2012 3:37:38 PM PDT by john mirse
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To: john mirse

IIRC, $170,000 plus bonuses.


31 posted on 04/18/2012 6:31:24 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: Hodar
with your permission I want to post what you posted on my Facebook...pretty please....

Can I post your statement on my Facebook too. A "yes" would be highly appreciated.
32 posted on 04/19/2012 1:23:07 PM PDT by Justaham
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To: rawhide; john mirse

And John Neely is still collecting his salary while on leave. What travesty!


33 posted on 04/19/2012 1:25:24 PM PDT by Justaham
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