Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, criticized the retirement package received by Jeffrey Neely, the General Services Administration official caught in a Las Vegas conference spending scandal.

Jeff Neely (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Mica said he will propose legislation to halt payment to senior executives who decline to testify on cases of abuse, as Neely did.

Neely, who was responsible for the $823,000 employee conference, will likely receive $100,000 in annual compensation, according to the Transportation Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Public Buildings Service. Neely, who left the agency Thursday, was the public buildings commissioner for GSA’s Pacific Rim region.

At the time of the conference, Neely was acting regional commissioner, the top job in the region, while simultaneously holding his position within the Public Buildings Service.

Neely was put on administrative leave in early April after a GSA inspector general’s report found excessive spending at the conference and instances of contracting violations.

“After the revelations of the outrageous overspending at GSA under Jeff Neely’s watch, it took an inordinate amount of time for him to be taken off the taxpayers’ dole,” Mica said in a statement. “Our highest ranking public servants shouldn’t get a 30-day paid vacation for wasting almost a million dollars and then stonewalling congressional investigators.”

Neely was asked to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and a Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee in April. He invoked his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination before the Oversight panel, and did not appear before Mica’s subcommittee.


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