Fraud at the GSA Much Deeper than Las Vegas Follies

2012 April 23
by bc3b

As frustrated as the public is with the GSA’s Western Region’s $820,000 Las Vegas extravaganza, it is only the tip of the iceberg as far as waste, corruption and fraud goes at the GSA.

WASHINGTON — It was a simple scam: Coleen Newton-White, a government contractor, and her husband would take General Services Administration credit cards from the motor pool at Ft. Monroe, Va., and use them to sell fuel at a discount to cash customers who pulled up to service stations five at a time.

Between 2008 and 2010, the scheme netted the couple almost $300,000, according to court records.

Although the gas scheme is a world away from the nearly $823,000 spent on a lavish Las Vegas-area conference put on by GSA official Jeff Neely — including a mind reader, sushi and in-room parties — it is an example of the fraud that the procurement and property management agency faces regularly.

GSA employees and contractors — including at least one employee with responsibility for the White House — line their pockets to the tune of millions of dollars a year, according to reports by the agency’s inspector general.

With the GSA thrust into the congressional spotlight over the 2010 Vegas conference and travel spending, lawmakers have demanded to know how deep the agency’s problems run. Is there, they asked repeatedly in hearings last week, a culture of corruption?

“GSA handles a lot of money,” Brian Miller, the agency’s inspector general, told a Senate committee Wednesday. “Millions, maybe billions, of dollars flow through GSA. There’s a lot of temptation.”


The answer to the waste, acting GSA chief Dan Tangherlini told the lawmakers, is to give Washington more power over regional offices and to simplify the GSA’s structure.

But a former senior GSA official, who requested anonymity to discuss the agency’s inner workings, said centralization had already begun under the Obama administration — and it left nobody “watching the store” in the regional offices, causing more abuse.

“I hate to see it all go down the drain because these politicians who’ve never run a candy store say they want to centralize everything,” the former official said.

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Hat tip: Los Angeles Times

35 Responses leave one →
  1. 2012 April 23 6:23 pm
    justrand permalink

    GSA is the henhouse…not surprising that the foxes figured that out long ago!!

  2. 2012 April 23 6:30 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    “But a former senior GSA official, who requested anonymity to discuss the agency’s inner workings, said centralization had already begun under the Obama administration — and it left nobody “watching the store” in the regional offices, causing more abuse.”

    Hey I have an idea! Lets merge GSA with the USPS and have them both fold at the same time. Two birds and all that….

  3. 2012 April 23 6:37 pm
    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 –

    Can we roll the EPA and Department of Education into that merger?

  4. 2012 April 23 6:38 pm
    JustMary permalink

    Why aren’t there more females in the Secret Service?????

  5. 2012 April 23 6:53 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    BC, works for me. 🙂

  6. 2012 April 23 6:55 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Why aren’t there more females in the Secret Service????

    Hmmm. If a female SS took a bullet for the Won would that not constitute a true ‘War on Women’?

  7. 2012 April 23 6:55 pm
    bc3b permalink

    JM –

    Gadaffi had his female defense team and it didn’t work out that well.

    He did look like a clown in his military uniform.

  8. 2012 April 23 6:59 pm
    JustMary permalink

    Doesn’t matter. #waronwomen

  9. 2012 April 23 6:59 pm
    JustMary permalink


  10. 2012 April 23 7:09 pm
    justrand permalink

    JM: “Why aren’t there more females in the Secret Service?????”

    Oh crap…that explains the Columbia thing! The Secret Service thought the question was:
    Why isn’t the Secret Service in more females??

  11. 2012 April 23 7:16 pm
    JustMary permalink




  12. 2012 April 23 7:34 pm
    mulletover permalink

    The Secret Service could use additional training in negotiating with prostitutes.

    They should know the difference between $800 and $47, and the services commensurate with each level of payment.

  13. 2012 April 23 7:39 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    I am surprised that someone at SS has not tried call the sleep over as a recruiting drive to find more females for the service. Nah, probably not.

  14. 2012 April 23 7:52 pm
    JustMary permalink

    #12 Maybe they were trying some of that job loss math.

  15. 2012 April 23 8:02 pm
    justrand permalink

    drdog…your comment #13 is the perfect explanation!

    “We in the Secret Service insist on a VERY thorough physical exam!!!”

  16. 2012 April 23 8:10 pm

    Hopefully a trend that will multiply.

  17. 2012 April 23 8:14 pm
    JustMary permalink

    #17 Mexico has been experiencing “Day without a Mexican” for some time now…so perhaps they can now see what immigration looks like. I would LMAO if some decent riots for change start happening there. Instead of heading to another country and forcing them to change for you…why not change the country you’re from? How’d that be….mkay?

  18. 2012 April 23 8:22 pm
    JustMary permalink

    Also…Obama eats dogs.

  19. 2012 April 23 8:30 pm
    mulletover permalink

    Better in a crate than on a plate.

  20. 2012 April 23 8:31 pm

    Having crapped in our messkit for decades, they are now seeking
    a different messkit in which to crap.

  21. 2012 April 23 8:34 pm
    justrand permalink

    I predict that Obama’s culinary predilections are going to dog him throughout the campaign!

  22. 2012 April 23 8:36 pm
    justrand permalink

    just great…hattip Instapundit

    yup…this gal proposed INVADING Israel a couple years back to force a Palestinian settlement on them!

    Tell me again why ANY American Jew would vote for a man who seeks the destruction of Israel…and ultimately all Jews??

  23. 2012 April 23 8:57 pm

    Another one nearly beaten to death in the name of Martin.

  24. 2012 April 23 9:00 pm

  25. 2012 April 23 9:07 pm
    bc3b permalink

    KH #25 –

    For the president himself, this new thinking comes from a “realiz[ation that] he has no choice but to cultivate the Muslim Brotherhood and other relatively ‘moderate’ Islamist groups emerging as lead political players out of the Arab Spring in Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere.”

    Isn’t “moderate Islamic groups” one of those oxymorons?

  26. 2012 April 23 9:41 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    All wars come to an end, at least temporarily. But the authority acquired by the state hangs on; political power never abdicates.
    ~Frank Chodorov

  27. 2012 April 23 9:42 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    ‎”Economic growth can’t be orchestrated because growth comes from leaving people alone to make their own decisions.” – Antony Davies

  28. 2012 April 23 9:44 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

  29. 2012 April 23 9:47 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “Don’t be deceived by the coming rhetoric during the campaign or in the ensuing discussions over tax policy.

    The Federal debt is an illusion. There can be no debt when money can be printed to infinity.

    Neither the criminal political class in Congress (criminalongress?) nor President Barack Obama, the Redistributionist-In-Chief (RIC), speak of making any meaningful cuts in government spending. They want to keep spending, they believe it is their right. You will pay the price through higher taxes and fewer liberties. Is there any end in sight, or are we a Nation doomed by corruption?”

  30. 2012 April 24 5:17 am
    drdog09 permalink

    KH, 25,

    I am relieved! We can now dismantle DHS, get rid of the patriot act and return to normalcy.


  31. 2012 April 24 5:28 am
    drdog09 permalink

    The field is getting very crowded for Darwin Award entrants —

  32. 2012 April 24 5:32 am
    drdog09 permalink

    “Senate Democrats are making plans to force a floor vote on legislation that would invalidate Arizona’s controversial immigration statute if the Supreme Court upholds the law this summer.” — from lede WP article, drudge headliner

    Now if the SCOTUS has declared AZ’s law constitutional that should be the end of it. There could be no power that the Dims could muster that would invalidate AZ’s state law that would not diminish federal law and run afoul of the 14th Amend. All kabuki for an election year.

  33. 2012 April 24 5:54 am

    Run afoul of the 10th as well.

  34. 2012 April 24 5:56 am
    MI Conservative permalink

    Real Clear Politics has a poll stating that Obama leads Romney 51% to 42% in New Hampshire. If I did my math right it is based on a small sample 486 respondents. with a Dem advantage of +7%……………Dems 44% to Rep 37%.

    University of NH poll presented on toilet paper.

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