The federal fallout over the General Services Administration's trip to Las Vegas continued Tuesday with lawmakers continually questioning the $822,000 taxpayers' bill and government officials mute on Capitol Hill.
Robert Peck, commissioner of the Public Building Service at the GSA, was scheduled to testify before the GOP-controlled House Oversight Committee on Monday. Another GSA official who was supposedly in charge of the conference in Las Vegas, Jeffrey Neely, repeatedly invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination when called to testify on Monday.
Since then, Peck has been sent a $2,000 bill demanding reimbursement of his room at a conference where GSA employees received commemorative coins, saw a bicycle show, saw a mind-reader and took several taxpayer-funded trips to the Las Vegas strip.
Martha Johnson, the head of the General Services Administration, has since resigned in the fallout from the report. She said the annual west-coast conference "had evolved into a raucous, extravagant, arrogant, self-congratulatory event."
But lawmakers were adamant on Tuesday that the GSA needed to be held accountable immediately.
"This is just the tip of the iceberg," said Rep. John L. Mica (R-FL), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. "The tab even included a clown. This agency may have been hoping that everything that happened in Vegas would stay in Vegas. The Committee will plan to hold a hearing as soon as soon as possible, possibly the week of April 16th."
by RTT Staff Writer
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