WASHINGTON -- The General Services Administration continues to come under close scrutiny from Congress as lawmakers expressed outrage over junkets, bonuses and parties paid for by taxpayers.
Questioning ranged beyond the thousands of dollars paid for a Las Vegas conference in October 2010, to a culture of the nation's government real estate agency playing fast and loose with taxpayer money.
Other outings that were brought into question were trips to the South Pacific, the Napa Valley wine country and to Las Vegas to plan for the October conference.
GSA officials landed special deals with resorts that got them suites, where parties were held on the taxpayers' dime. There were missing electronic devices such as iPads purchased for prize ceremonies.
Inspector General Brian Miller, whose report on the Las Vegas conference touched off congressional investigations, almost seemed overwhelmed by the scope of wrongdoing.
Other trips were taken, include a nine-day trip to Hawaii.
A fired official, testified 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.