Government Spending Scandal Heads to Capitol Hill for Hearings

Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:56 AM
Starting Monday, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold a series of hearings investigating the Government Services Administration's recent extravagant expenditures of taxpayer money on lavish conferences, trips and parties.

In the wake of the revelation that the GSA spent over $800,000 on a Las Vegas Resort for a conference, more and more information leaked out about the Administration's history of excess.

One employee even bragged about the conference spending in a rap video that won a prize at the event - which also included a clown, a mind-reader and a team-building exercise to build bicycles.

Another employee told internal investigators that agency executives kept scheduling award ceremonies to justify giving employees free food at GSA events away from the office. By having the food connected to a ceremony, employees did not have to pay for the meals with their daily expense allowance. But taxpayers picked up the tab.

Neely told investigators that a $2,700 party he threw in his hotel suite during the Las Vegas conference was an employee-awards event, The Washington Post reported late Sunday.

Jeffrey Neely, a key government bureaucrat in this scandal, has been subpoenaed to testify today. The Associated Press reported that his lawyer has indicated that Neely will take the fifth.

Watch below as government employees brag about slacking off:

This is what happens when government goes wild.