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GSA employees urged to report abuses

If you see something, say something. Those are the new marching orders to employees by the General Services Administration’s acting administrator.

Daniel Tangherlini and GSA’s Inspector General Brian Miller sent a joint letter to agency employees at 1 p.m. Wednesday to address a lavish 2010 Las Vegas training conference that cost more than $800,000.

The letter said the conference exhibited “a disturbing lack of judgment and common sense,” and tarnished the image of an agency focused on low-cost government services.

“One of the more troubling aspects of this incident is that people did not report this improper conduct or take action to stop it,” the letter said.

According to the inspector general’s report, the GSA was alerted to the conference by the agency’s deputy director. The report noted that several suggestions to minimize conference expenses were ignored.

The joint letter indicated few employees at the conference raised concerns about excess.

“What this letter is asking people to do is if you are at a conference and see something inappropriate, say something,” said GSA spokesman Adam Elkington.

The letter asked employees to report inappropriate conduct to a supervisor, or to place an anonymous call to GSA’s Office of the Inspector General.

“We will not tolerate any retaliatory actions against anyone who raises concerns,” the letter said.

Were you at the conference? Or did you raise concerns over it? The Washington Post would like to hear you. Contact Tim Smith at

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