Monday, April 16, 2012
The first of four hearings in the House and Senate examining the wasteful spending at the U.S. General Services Administration took place Monday. Known as the U.S. government's landlord, the GSA is the real estate agency for the federal government. Two top officials, Bob Peck and Steven Leeds, were fired and the head of the agency, Martha Johnson, resigned when stories of out of control spending, including an opulent Las Vegas convention, came to light. The first day of testimony included a good amount of finger pointing, an apology from former GSA head, Johnson, and the silent treatment from one of the key figures under investigation. Jeff Neely, who had been in charge of planning the now infamous Las Vegas conference, at first refused to testify. When compelled to attend the hearing by subpoena, Neely plead the Fifth. His silence indicates a noble adherence to the sacred code that what happens in Vegas, does indeed stay in Vegas.