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Topic - Martha Johnson
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.
Extracting shaken apologies from officials involved in a recent scandal where federal workers partied in Las Vegas on taxpayer dollars, House lawmakers grilled them Monday on why they let the misspending go on for months while awarding a hefty bonus to the rendezvous' organizer.
Federal officials involved in a spending scandal over an extravagant retreat in Las Vegas apologized Monday, and the chief organizer asserted his right to remain silent as they were grilled by House lawmakers over the $823,000 junket for the General Services Administration.
A senior government official resigned Monday after a report concluded her agency improperly paid for an "over-the-top" training session near Las Vegas that featured a mind reader, bicycle giveaways and lavish after-hour receptions in resort suites for federal workers.
President Obama blasted Senate Republicans Wednesday for using "holds," a Senate tactic that delays consideration of nominees - even though as a senator he used the technique to block several of President George W. Bush's appointments.
In testimony to Congress last month, Ms. Johnson, who apologized and said she took responsibility after the scandal, cited the "gall of a handful of people" who misused tax dollars and twisted contracting rules in explaining the Las Vegas conference.
"I had received the communication from the inspector general with nonconclusive results," she said. "I wanted the full picture."