Martha Johnson, chief of the General Services Administration, along with two of her executives, resigned today, after their apparent effort to re-create The Hangover was uncovered by GSA Inspector General Brian D. Miller, The Washington Post, and the Associated Press.
Established in 1949, the GSA is an independent agency charged with the management and maintenance of all federal agencies. For some reason, GSA leadership thought it appropriate to spend more than $800,000 of taxpayer money recently on a “regional meeting” in Henderson, Nevada, right off of the Las Vegas strip. The Atlantic details some of their expenses:
- $31,000 on a “networking reception” that featured $19-per-person “American artisanal cheese display” and $7,000 in sushi.
- $3,200 on a session with a mind reader.
- $5,600 for in-room parties.
- $100,405.37 in employee travel costs to scout the event–meaning, these people returned to the Las Vegas area multiple times to visit hotels before settling on the fancy M Resort and Casino.
- $3,700 for T-shirts.
- $1,500 for “Boursin scalloped potato with Barolo wine-braised short ribs” and a $525 bartender fee for a cash bar.
- $146,527.05 was spent on catered food during the entire conference.