GSA Scandal: Rap Video Adds Insult to Injury

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The White House and Congress have more reasons Friday to be outraged at the General Services Administration employees under investigation for lavishly partying away taxpayers' money.
   
The Office of Inspector General has uncovered a disturbing video that shows a GSA worker dreaming about wasting the government's money.
   
In the video, the worker raps about how he dreams of being the commissioner and wasting the government's money on cash bonuses to his fellow bureaucrats.
   
Although the GSA's mission is to help the government keep its costs down, the agency is in the middle of a scandal for a 2010 conference in Las Vegas that cost an estimated $800,000.
   
Those expenses included more than $3,000 on a mind reader and motivational speaker and more than $6,000 for commemorative coins and velvet boxes.
    
The video in question, which was part of an employee talent show, is now part of an OIG investigation.
    
The probe has lead to resignation of GSA chief Martha Johnson.
   
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the agency called the video "another example of the complete lack of judgment exhibited during the ... conference. Our agency continues to be appalled by this indefensible behavior."
    
Those comments echo those of Congress and the president, who condemned the excessive spending and disregard for taxpayer dollars.
    
But critics say the Obama administration knew about the conference 11 months ago and is only responding because the public is now aware of the scandal.

*Originally aired on April 6, 2012.

 

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