The PJ Tatler

GSA Toasts New Cutbacks in Travel Expenses

The General Services Administration, famous for its lavish $800,000 Las Vegas conference for employees, proudly announced today that it has made some cutbacks.

Since April 2012, when the scandal broke, and through the rest of the fiscal year the agency is projected by an auditor to be saving more than $11 million in meetings, conferences, trainings and travel costs, the GSA said in a release.

“Four months ago we began a rigorous top to bottom review of all agency operations. We’ve made significant cuts in travel and conference spending and these savings are just the beginning,” said GSA Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini. “We are deepening our commitment to promoting efficiency, driving steeper bargains, delivering better  value, and creating greater opportunities for savings here at GSA and across the government.”

The GSA “has cancelled 47 conferences and implemented strong oversight to ensure that all travel and events are limited to necessary and essential functions,” the agency said.

The agency didn’t say what it was spending, just what it was saving.

Tangherlini also cut $500,000 in executive bonuses and instituted a hiring freeze through the end of the fiscal year as he continues to review GSA operations and spending.