WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new report says conference spending by four federal agencies has dropped $219 million since the IRS and the General Services Administration hosted embarrassingly lavish blowouts in Las Vegas in 2010.
Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., began to look into irregularities in protocol and federal decision-making regarding conference locations and spending in 2009. At that time, department and agency conference planners contracted with little regard for budgetary considerations, Mica’s office said.
“As a result, taxpayers were forced to pay for outrageous federal junkets. Some of these conferences included high-priced food and entertainment as well as promotional items and improperly accepted gifts,” the congressman said.