Probe Uncovers $30M in Unreported GSA Bonuses

While another finds more 'questionable conferences'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2012 9:57 AM CDT

A Washington-area TV station has uncovered $30 million in bonuses paid out in 2011 that the GSA neglected to mention in an earlier Freedom of Information Act request looking into its finances. In the May report, the Office of Personnel Management listed the GSA as paying a hair more than $13 million in bonuses, but documents reveal that most of those were underreported, and some bonuses weren't reported at all, WUSA 9 reports. "Just outrageous," said Rep. John Mica, who will hold a Transportation Committee hearing on the issue today.

Fox News, meanwhile, says it has obtained documents through another FOIA request showing that the GSA held many "questionable conferences" in addition to its infamous Vegas romp. In one, for instance, 3,700 employees drummed together as a team-building exercise, while collecting an average of $1,000 each in bonuses at the conference. In several other cases, the GSA kept no records or receipts detailing the costs of its trips. "We're going to drag in all the parties involved and get to the bottom of this scandal," Mica promised. (More GSA stories.)

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