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Rep. Darrell Issa Blasts GSA Oversight Breakdown
CNBC.com | April 16, 2012 | 08:15 PM EDT

The General Services Administration spending spree will mean that Congress will have to get to the bottom of what went wrong, Rep. Darrell Issa said Monday.

“Why did it really take this long to come out with it? Why is it nothing happened when the 60-day preliminary report happened? Why were there no real changes — no changes of any substance — during that 11 months that intervened?” Issa, R-Calif., said on “ The Kudlow Report .”

“We need to have a heads-up much earlier,” he added.

An internal governmental memo released last week showed that GSA officials were aware of the problem before the scandal made headlines earlier this month.

So far, GSA administrator Martha Johnson has resigned and eight employees have been placed on administrative leave after $823,000 was reportedly spent on a conference that included expenses for a clown suit, bicycles used in a team-building exercise, tuxedos and a mind-reader.

GSA Deputy Administrator Susan Brita wrote in July that the costs did not lend themselves to the claim of a substantive conference.

Brita also called out the agency for a disciplinary letter given to regional administrator Jeff Neely in charge of the conference. She said the disciplinary letter was “not even a slap on the wrist.”

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