It's a government agency that's supposed to be close to financial ruin, but that has not stopped the Social Security Administration from sending its executives on a luxurious retreat.
Tax dollars reportedly paid for a recent retreat at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix for nearly 700 executives.
The trip included an interactive performance by a motivational dance company that was caught on tape by a local news channel.
Some members of Congress are upset the financially troubled agency spent money on the retreat, but Social Security Administration officials say the session was justified.
"There is a tremendous amount of stress involved in the job that we do," said regional commissioner Peter Spencer. "We receive threats against our employees by people who are in the American public-- threats against the individual employees [and] threats against the entire office. -
Spencer added that the average cost for the retreat was about $1,000 per person-- meaning nearly $700,000 in costs for the full conference.
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"It's especially frustrating when you have people who truly are disabled, who will wait years just to get their case heard and years more just to get a little help," said Texas Rep. Kevin Brady.
ABC News reports the Phoenix retreat was one of a series of similar regional meetings. They cost more than $1 million last year alone.
Still, the Social Security Administration says such in-person meetings are essential.