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Topic - Dan Cruz
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.
Government officials blame unfair competition from China for the collapse of solar panel manufacturer Solyndra, but such concerns didn't stop the federal government from breaking stimulus program rules to use Chinese solar panels atop a federal building housing the offices of a senator, congressman and several agencies.
Susan Brita, deputy administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration, who emerged as a whistleblower star for her role in uncovering an $800,000 taxpayer-funded Las Vegas conference, was herself a participant in a similar taxpayer-funded event just a few weeks later.
Dan Cruz, a spokesman for the GSA, said in an email statement that the restrictions outlined in the lease "ensure that any new uses are appropriate for an historic building on Pennsylvania Avenue in the nation's capital."
"The restrictions ensure that the building will be used according to the lease agreement for the full term of the lease," he said.