Democratic-led panels to question GSA officials

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4/18/2012 10:39:15 AM - AP News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is getting its turn to delve into a General Services Administration spending scandal. Leaders of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee quickly struck a different tone than two House committees, saying they wanted to concentrate on reforming an agency whose officials went on junkets, stayed in hotel luxury suites and threw parties at taxpayer expense.Chairman Barbara Boxer said Congress needs to make sure that the country doesn't have a repeat of the problems that have surfaced at GSA. The California Democrat said it's time to look forward.Two House committees had called in the current and former GSA officials who had some responsibility for the improprieties. The Senate summoned only Inspector General Brian Miller and acting administrator Daniel Tangherlini, who will try to clean up the agency.