(AP) – Members of Congress have been grilling witnesses from the General Services Administration for a second day about junkets, bonuses and parties paid for by taxpayers.
Questioning by a House panel today went beyond the $823,000 paid for a Las Vegas conference in October 2010. Lawmakers are also asking about trips to the South Pacific, the Napa Valley wine country and to Las Vegas to plan for the October conference.
As for that Las Vegas gathering, a fired General Services Administration official told the panel that he didn’t know taxpayers would be billed $1,960 for a party in his luxury suite at a Las Vegas resort.
Robert Peck said he had paid for some food out of his own pocket and was surprised when additional food arrived – eventually paid for by taxpayers.
The agency’s new leadership has demanded the amount be repaid and Peck said he would do so.