In a comic video that won a top award at the General Services Administration’s lavish conference off the Las Vegas strip, an employee jokes that he’s living high on the hog and will “never be under investigation” by the agency’s inspector general.
The employee made the video as an entry in a talent contest among the four regional offices represented at the $823,000, four-day conference in October 2010. It was shown to 300 GSA employees during the closing dinner.
GSA spokesman Adam Elkington on Thursday called the video “another example of the complete lack of judgement exhibited during Western Regions conference.”
“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 video was released Thursday by the office of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Cal.) chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
The clip was provided to Issa’s office by the GSA inspector general’s office, which issued a report on the conference this week that triggered the resignations of top agency leaders.
In a separate video of the closing dinner,Deputy Commissioner of the Public Building Service David Foley tells the winner, an employee based in GSA’s Hawaii office, “Sometimes dreams do come true,” and makes him “commissioner for a day.”
Then he jokes about the after-hours party in then-Building Services Chief Robert Peck’s suite the night before:
“The hotel would like to talk to you about paying for the party that was held in the comissioner’s suite last night,” Foley jokes, and the crowd applauds, laughing.