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Topic - Adam Elkington
General Services Administration officials have been quick to point out that they are taking strong disciplinary action against those responsible for a lavish $823,000 Las Vegas conference funded by taxpayers that featured a red-carpet party, magic shows and in-room parties.
A top administrator at the General Services Administration who worked on President Obama's presidential transition team sought to keep secret the agency report that uncovered massive waste at a lavish taxpayer-funded GSA conference in Las Vegas, records show.
Jeffrey Neely, the central figure in a lavish taxpayer-funded Las Vegas convention that saw magic acts and federal workers sipping martinis on a red carpet, has left the General Services Administration.
Except for the cocktails, beer and wine, many of the scenes from the now infamous 2010 General Services Administration conference gave the appearance of a fun summer camp.
"GSA has accepted or implemented all of the recommendations of the [inspector general] report and we will continue to review our operations to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again."
"Tony Costa was not involved in the planning of the Western Regions Conference and was not involved in the disciplinary process for those responsible," GSA spokesman Adam Elkington said.