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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Anthony E. Costa
The General Services Administration is advertising to fill more than a dozen jobs and has approved hiring more than 40 employees since July, when the agency's top official announced a "targeted hiring freeze" in the wake of ongoing spending scandals.
Jeffrey Neely, the central figure in a lavish taxpayer-funded Las Vegas convention that saw magic acts and federal workers sipping martinis on a red carpet, has left the General Services Administration.
More than a dozen General Services Administration employees and executives from Washington were listed as attendees for the lavish taxpayer-funded Las Vegas conference in 2010 that featured magic shows, a mind reader and a red-carpet event where federal workers acted like Hollywood movie stars.
Except for the cocktails, beer and wine, many of the scenes from the now infamous 2010 General Services Administration conference gave the appearance of a fun summer camp.
In separate correspondence obtained by The Times, GSA Chief People Officer Anthony E. Costa recently told department heads that while organizational performance awards were being eliminated throughout the agency, "This will not affect individual bonus awards" for fiscal 2012.
The videos featured one clip of the GSA's chief people officer, Anthony E. Costa, participating in a spoof in which he introduces a clone he says he got through a federal acquisition schedule.