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Who’s to blame for the 2010 GSA junket to Vegas?

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By Doug Powers  •  April 9, 2012 11:33 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

The General Services Administration’s now infamous 2010 “team building” junket in Nevada has been widely talked about lately. Heads have rolled and the White House was reportedly furious, though it’s unclear if that anger was over the amount of money spent, or that the meetings were held in Vegas in spite of a presidential advisory to avoid Sin City.

We’re just now getting to the bottom of who’s really to blame for the latest example of government waste. I don’t want to ruin the suspense, so all I’ll say is that the last name of the culprit rhymes with “push.”

From Fox News:

The Obama administration is responding to the recent report that shows a federal agency spent more that $800,000 on a lavish conference near Las Vegas by putting some of the blame on the Bush administration.

“At least we have taken, bold, swift forceful action to hold those responsible accountable and put in place protections to make sure this never happened again,” a White House official told Fox News.

The Inspector General Office’s report last week about the 2010 General Services Administration conference outside of Las Vegas indicates the Obama administration knew about the trip since May 2010. The report was followed by a release of videos.

One video shows an employee performing in the fake music video, which is laced with jokes and references that only federal employees are likely to get.

In the lyrics, the employee sings: “Donate my vacation, love to the nation, I’ll never be under OIG investigation.”

The $840,000 conference is partly Bush’s fault, they say, but at least it helped serve as evidence of the Obama administration’s stewardship of taxpayer dollars:

The administration also argued Friday night that the cost of the Western Regional Conference increased sharply under the Bush White House — from $93,000 in 2004 to $323,855 in 2006 to $655,025 in 2008, then $840,616 in 2010, or just 28 percent under Obama.

So even if the bill for the 2012 conference is a cool million, the cost will have only increased 19 percent — or a 9 percent decrease from 2010. That’s saving money, government style.

We’ll close with words of wisdom from somebody who made an appearance at the 2010 GSA meeting in Vegas, the Angry Office Clown: “Government — if you think the problems we create are bad, just wait until you see our solutions.”

If the mind reader taxpayers were billed $3,200 for could only read our minds now.

**Written by Doug Powers

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