Shakeup at GSA

  • GSA conference video pokes fun at spending, IG

    Video has surfaced from the lavish Las Vegas conference, which eventually led to the firing of two top officials and the resignation of GSA Administrator Martha Johnson amid an outcry over excessive spending. The video portrays an awards ceremony at the October 2010 Western Region Conference along with a music video created by a GSA employee that pokes fun at, among other things, GSA spending and inspector general investigations.

  • GSA scandal shows importance of crisis communications

    When news broke of an internal investigation examining the General Services Administration’s excessive spending on a 2010 regional training conference, some seized on it as the perfect example of wasteful government spending. But the way the news unfolded — broadcast far and wide via social media and 24-hour news — also provided a lesson in crisis communications, one expert says.

  • GSA: Party animals or sacrificial lambs?

    When your federal agency winds up as a top ten joke on the Jay Leno show, you know you are going to have some image problems for a long time, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Take the General Services Administration …

  • Holmes Norton: The GSA problem has been ‘cured’

    As lawmakers gear up for the first of several congressional hearings about the spending scandal at the General Services Administration, District of Columbia delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton told In Depth with Francis Rose that the inspector general and the president have “already cured the problem.”

  • GSA places deputy PBS Commissioner Foley on leave

    David Foley, the deputy Public Buildings Service commissioner, becomes the fourth senior executive at headquarters to feel the aftershocks of the IG’s scathing report on excessive spending and waste. Lawmakers have scheduled three hearings next week.

  • On the show today – April 9

    On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

  • Sen. McCaskill gives GSA deadline for bonus program details

    Acting General Services Administration chief Dan Tangherlini said the ‘Hats Off’ incentive program has been suspended. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who has promised an investigation into agency spending, said she’s not sure GSA’s actions are enough to change the culture.

  • On the show today – April 10

    On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

  • GSA: Thank you, thank you!

    Members of Congress and media watchdogs are thoroughly outraged over GSA’s meltdown in the Nevada desert. But those guardians of public morality and safety are also delighted at the foul-up, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. And we love those YouTube videos too.

  • GSA presses employees for vigilance against waste, fraud, abuse

    In a letter to employees, Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini and IG Brian Miller asked employees to be more vigilant to prevent waste, fraud and abuse. They said one of the most troubling aspects of the PBS conference incident was no one reported it or took action to stop it.