(CNN) —Congressional investigators are accusing the General Services Administration of violating its employee gift limit with rewards of iPods,digital cameras and other electronics,just as a video emerged of a lavish conference that shows employees drinking and making jokes about wasteful spending.
The video,first obtained by The Huffington Post on Friday,offered a glimpse inside the agency’s $820,000 conference in Las Vegas. An administration official confirmed the authenticity of the video and provided a copy to CNN.
Reports of the lavish conference have prompted taxpayer outrage,embarrassed the administration and put a spotlight on the wasteful spending by the agency that acts as a real estate agency for the federal government.
“These videos reinforce once again the complete lack of judgment exhibited during the 2010 Western Regions Conference,”said Greg Mecher,a GSA spokesman. “Our agency continues to be appalled by this indefensible behavior,and we are taking every step possible to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.”
The latest news comes just days after the Office of the Inspector General documented massive overspending by the GSA. The fallout from the report’s revelations has sparked a congressional investigation and seen the GSA chief step down,two other employees fired and a number of others suspended.
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