April 16, 2012 3 Comments
Darryl Issa and other Congressmen are kicking off an investigation into the out of control Government Services Administration and the GSA’s blatant and possibly criminal misuse of taxpayer dollars.
Well, it is about time but will anything happen?
From Fox News:
Congress will kick off a wave of what are likely to be contentious hearings Monday on the spending habits of the General Services Administration, as lawmakers try to uncover how the agency blew through $820,000 on a Las Vegas conference.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, one of four panels probing the incident, has set the first hearing for Monday afternoon. The panel has called some of the top current and former GSA officials to testify, though at least one is expected to invoke his Fifth Amendment right not to answer questions.
Lawmakers at this point are looking beyond the 2010 conference itself and into other areas where the agency may have spent money imprudently, such as on employee incentive programs. The hearing will surely fuel the controversy, which has expanded almost daily as new details emerge about the decision-making at the top levels of the GSA.
Among those on the witness list Monday are GSA Inspector General Brian Miller and former GSA Administrator Martha Johnson, who resigned in the wake of the inspector general’s report on the conference.
The head of the GSA western region who organized the conference, Jeffrey Neely, has said through an attorney that he plans to plead the Fifth. His attorney says Neely doesn’t need to come to D.C., but Issa insists he should appear anyway.
While Obama is still President, do not expect any real changes in the GSA.
But Congress can act.
The left always uses the excuse of waste, fraud and abuse to cut the Defense budget. Well you have some serious waste, fraud and abuse here. The solution is to cut the GSA’s budget. In fact, why not just eliminated this agency?
Just line out the money the agency uses and fire all of the employees. It is tough but we taxpayers are pretty angry about the way our tax dollars are being spent.
Judging from those videos we saw, having those GSA employees lose their jobs; well, that’s no great loss.