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  • **FILE** Jeffrey Neely, the central figure in a General Services Administration spending scandal, sits at the witness table as the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform investigates wasteful spending and excesses by GSA during a 2010 Las Vegas conference, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, April 16, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Key figure in lavish Vegas junket leaves GSA

    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.

  • **FILE** Jeffrey Neely, the central figure in a General Services Administration spending scandal, sits at the witness table as the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform investigates wasteful spending and excesses by GSA during a 2010 Las Vegas conference, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, April 16, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    GSA figure skipped training at posh resort

    The Chateau on the Lake in Branson, Mo., bills itself as a resort getaway with poolside attendants, a luxury spa and mountaintop tennis courts overlooking the clear waters of Table Rock Lake.

  • Robert Peck, the former public buildings service commissioner at the General Services Administration, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, before the House Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management subcommittee hearing. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    2nd panel blasts GSA for parties, trips, bonuses

    General Services Administration witnesses came under sharp criticism from Congress for a second day on Tuesday as lawmakers expressed outrage over junkets, bonuses and parties paid for by taxpayers.

  • **FILE** Former General Services Administration chief Martha Johnson resigned after her agency spent lavishly at a training conference for federal workers in Henderson, Nev., near Las Vegas. (Associated Press)

    House members demand answers over taxpayer-funded parties

    Extracting shaken apologies from officials involved in a recent scandal where federal workers partied in Las Vegas on taxpayer dollars, House lawmakers grilled them Monday on why they let the misspending go on for months while awarding a hefty bonus to the rendezvous' organizer.

  • **FILE** Jeffrey Neely, the central figure in a General Services Administration spending scandal, sits at the witness table as the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform investigates wasteful spending and excesses by GSA during a 2010 Las Vegas conference, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, April 16, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Officials offer mea culpa for GSA retreat

    Federal officials involved in a spending scandal over an extravagant retreat in Las Vegas apologized Monday, and the chief organizer asserted his right to remain silent as they were grilled by House lawmakers over the $823,000 junket for the General Services Administration.

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