In the wake of the recent GSA scandal, the agency’s inspector general, Brian Miller, has reported a significant increase in the number of fraud hotline calls since news broke. The lavish 2010 Las Vegas conference is just the tip of the iceberg for GSA officials though. From October 2010 to September 2011, 64 prosecutions took place against individuals who stole from GSA in the form of either fraud, waste, or abuse. The largest case to date, involves inflated information technology contracts that cost our government tens of millions of dollars. The inspector general reports that it has recouped $376 million in the last fiscal year through convictions and settlements but it is impossible to know just how much money is lost each year because of fraud. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee led by Senator Joe Lieberman, will ask Miller to investigate all of the GSA’s 11 regions not just Region 9 which was responsible for organizing the Las Vegas conference which totaled $823,000 and included sushi, in-room parties, and a mind reader; all on the government’s dime aka taxpayers’ dollars.
News also broke last week regarding the Secret Service and prostitution in Columbia while on business. With the two scandals breaking around the same time, we’re all left wondering, is the government a breeding ground for fraud, waste, and abuse? Has the government created a culture of corruption? You tell me.
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