The General Services Administration chief resigned this week in the wake of revelations that $822,000 was spent on a lavish training conference for 300 federal employees in Las Vegas back in 2010.
The $75,000 spent on team-building exercises, for instance, has highlighted government waste and prompted hearings on the Hill within weeks to delve into the excesses.
But who knew that the federal-money-fest had musical accompaniment? The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee posted today the winning employee video submission from the 2010 event, with lyrics like, “Cause I buy everything your field office can’t afford/Every GS-5 would get a top hat award/Donate my vacation, love to the nation/I’ll never be under OIG investigation.”
The video was shown at the conference dinner — yep, four bucks a shrimp — and given an award by Deputy Commissioner of the Public Building Service David Foley, who jokes about the previous night’s lavish “party that was held in the commissioner’s suite,” having to respond to congressional oversight, and Obama administration efforts to restrict executive pay.
You can imagine THAT will go over well with Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).