The Washington Times - October 18, 2012, 12:44PM

The General Services Administration has moved to cover up — literally — the tarnish of the scandal over its extravagant spending patterns from its legacy. Case in point: A sign listing the public buildings service’s top three executives in Washington has had two names crudely covered up with duct tape.

Absent from the sign are former Administrator Martha Johnson and former Public Buildings Commissioner Robert Peck, who departed abruptly earlier this year after reports surfaced of an $800,000 Las Vegas conference for agency employees featuring clowns, a mind reader and a red-carpet party, as well as a one-day, $250,000 conference in Arlington’s Crystal City area.


The Washington Times obtained exclusive video content of the conference through a Freedom of Information Act request, which can be seen at

Ms. Johnson’s replacement, Daniel M. Tangherlini, currently is serving on an acting basis as head of the agency.