Skip to comments.GSA failed to halt exec's taxpayer-funded junkets
Posted on 04/19/2012 8:47:12 PM PDT by CitizenM
General Services Administration officials permitted a high-ranking employee to spend tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on lavish travel junkets, despite an inspector general's dire warning about the executive's pattern of waste, fraud and abuse, officials said Tuesday.
GSA Inspector General Brian Miller warned Martha Johnson, then head of GSA, in May 2011 about Neely's pattern of inappropriate and unbridled spending, including a $823,000 Las Vegas conference for 300 GSA employees in October 2010. A month later, a GSA official informed a White House lawyer about an investigation of "fraud and wasteful spending" at GSA
Despite those warnings, Neely received a work bonus even while under investigation and was allowed to continue traveling at taxpayer expense, often taking his wife and family with him. A missing iPod intended as a gift for GSA employees was traced to Neely's daughter.
A year after the career bureaucrat first raised suspicions about his spending, Neely took his family on a nine-day GSA-funded trip to Hawaii.
"I know. I am bad," Neely wrote to a friend. "But Deb [his wife] and I say often, why not enjoy it while we have it and while we can. Aint going to last forever."
Late last year, GSA officials discussed the inappropriateness of Neely's planned 17-day junket to the Pacific Rim. But officials approved the trip and Neely in February set off for Hawaii, Guam and Saipan with employees and his wife, whose birthday he planned to celebrate as part of the trip.
Neely was still traveling on the taxpayer's dime as recently as last month, including a four-day trip to Hawaii and a $40,000 "executive team meeting" in the Napa Valley.
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They need to freeze all SES bonuses in government and open legitimate avenues to report fraud and malfeasance for government employees that WILL be investigated by the OIG and prosecuted.
Even if she has already quit or was fired, sounds like Martha Johnson should be arrested and prosecuted for criminal imcompetence; or worse..
They are spending money like drunken sailors. As Reagan said, that is not fair to the sailor as he is spending his own money.
I know this guy!
When did he change his name to Barack Obama???
And who's Deb?
..............Hope his wife took the pic, LOL..................
If so why would she release it??
It must be snapped from someone out to out him!
Neely should pay back every red cent or go to jail along with every other person responsible for this. I guess Nancy Peeloosley is their hero. As for Eleanor Holmes Norton, is she trying to out-do Sheila Jackson Lee on saying the stupidest thing ever? I think we might have a contest here.
I only wish this has been coming out of a Stimulus program...
Jeff Neely, GSA Douche Bag, two glasses of wine via room service, $225; curly perm, $185, penthouse suite with tub for two in Vegas Baby! $823,000.
As a hard working balding conservative over taxed patriot, knowing my tax dollars are wasted by pretty boys with curly perms is priceless.
Ever wonder where the TARP Funds went? Jeff Neely doesn’t.
I heard a Tea Party member in Idaho placed a bounty on his hair.
I guess he can say he was one of the ipod award winners, and he gave it to his daughter as a present? Or he could fess up and say he wanted one and since he is the boss, he gets what he wants?
Do these people understand how much we the people despise them? Thats the 1%. Not some guy that worked for it but the pigs feeding from the public trough.
shades of Dennis Kozlowski and Tyco and jailtime for the million dollar wife party.
The trip calculated to about $2750 for each of the 300 employees.
Do not fail to understand this is a common travel expense for a federal employee traveling to a convention meeting.
Multiply this by THOUSANDS of federal employees that are REQUIRED to travel (for performance evaluation standards).
This guy is just the proverbial tip of the iceberg. The federal government is flushing millions of your tax dollars away daily on junket trips for conventions.
The US Federal Government - Partying like its 1999.
I would hope the press would follows up on a 1099 for 2750.00
“I know. I am bad,” Neely wrote to a friend. “But Deb [his wife] and I say often, why not enjoy it while we have it and while we can. Aint going to last forever.”
I keep thinking that it will never happen, but when more folks find out about their attitudes like this - maybe it will happen:
Public hangings on the Washington Mall for Treason. Our debt IS going to destroy our once great nation, and because of traitorous pricks like this. And the folks at GSA that knew and did nothing can be lined up on the plank as well.
sounds like Martha Johnson should be arrested and prosecuted for criminal imcompetence; or worse.. ...Can’t. She’s one of Holder’s peeps, appointed and batted for by Obama.
Wanna bet his kids have learned the lesson, work for the government and take everything you can get, and everything you also can get your hands on.
They need to identify every person that shows up on that rap video and fire them today if not sooner!
Your right she has a long history of being a Democrap Party Operative, transition team, etc. Saw part of the Hearing where she testified along side the Inspector General, she spins Sh-t better than The ObamaNation, totally unflustered and not showing any embarrassment at all.
I have tried to get the biography of Neely but no luck, Can any one help?
Its not considered income. It comes out of federal budgets as business related expenses.