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[Michael Robertson:] Source: LYBIO.net
I do not understand that action either. That was one of the outlying –

[Jason Chaffetz:]
I struggle to figure out what you do understand and what you do know. You are the Chief of Staff. We expect you to understand these things.

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[Jason Chaffetz:]
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Ms. Johnson, with whom did you collaborate in the development of your testimony that was submitted? Did you collaborate with anybody in the development of your testimony?

[Martha N. Johnson:]
I wrote my testimony, and I discussed it with my lawyer.

[Jason Chaffetz:]
Anybody at the White House?

[Martha N. Johnson:]
No.

[Jason Chaffetz:]
Anybody within the GSA?

[Martha N. Johnson:]
No.

[Jason Chaffetz:]
Question about why not fire Mr. Neely. You know, he is still being paid by the taxpayers. He is on administrative leave. He is still taking his salary. This is somebody who took a conference with a budget of $250,000 and made it over $800,000; spent $75,000 on a bike building exercise, where he built a grand total of 25 bicycles for $75,000; $2,000 in-room party; yearbook and a souvenir book at a cost of $8,000 to the taxpayer; $6,000 for the stimulus coins that were given out at one of the two $30,000 parties that were given-keep in mind, there were only 300 people at this; and a Top Hat program, a recognition program that has fraud. So my question is to the Chief of Staff is, why is he still an employee of the United States Government?

[Michael Robertson:]
My understanding is that disciplinary action has been begun against several individuals involved in planning and executing the Western Regions Conference.

[Jason Chaffetz:] Source: LYBIO.net
Why does it take so long? You were given this report in February. Correct?

[Michael Robertson:]
Yes. Correct.

[Jason Chaffetz:]
What does it take to actually be fired from the GSA?

[Michael Robertson:]
There is a long-standing due process that career employees are entitled to as part of their employment. We have begun that process, among other disciplinary actions, for several individuals that were involved in planning and execution of this conference.

[Jason Chaffetz:]
My question is, why did he get a bonus? Didn’t the President of the United States issue a pay freeze?

[Michael Robertson:]
I wasn’t part of that decision.

[Jason Chaffetz:]
You are the Chief of Staff. You are telling my you are not involved in any sort of bonuses.

[Michael Robertson:]
I was not involved in that bonus.

[Jason Chaffetz:]
Who was?

[Michael Robertson:]
The Administrator. And there is a performance management review.

[Jason Chaffetz:]
Ms. Johnson, why were you giving out bonuses when the President said there was a pay freeze?

[Martha N. Johnson:]
The senior executives were entitled to bonuses under our—were entitled to bonuses. I don’t believe the pay freeze affected those bonuses.

strong>[Chairman ISSA:]
Would the gentleman yield for just one question?

[Jason Chaffetz:]
As long as it doesn’t take some of my time.

strong>[Chairman ISSA:]
The gentlelady just seemed to say entitled. I thought it was that they were possibly going to be granted. Entitlement seems to be a question the gentleman may want to follow up on.

[Martha N. Johnson:]
I apologize. I did not mean entitled.

[Jason Chaffetz:] Source: LYBIO.net
Oh, I think you did mean entitlement. I think that is the fundamental problem that America gets and that government doesn’t get. There are a lot of good Federal employees who work hard; they are patriotic, and they are frugal with their money. But when you see this widespread abuse of money, and then you, as the former Administrator, said, well, they were entitled to it, that is where there is frustration just steaming out of our ears. It is totally unacceptable. And for the President of the United States to look the American people in the eye and say, well, we got a pay freeze in place while you are getting bonuses and going on trips is totally unacceptable. Tell me about—let’s look at the budget here. If you could put up the budget graphic. Is there anything wrong with this number that you see over here? Three point eight that should be billion dollars spent by the administration. These are outlays in the first 3 years. If there is anything wrong that you see with that graphic, please let me know. This is the last 3 years of the Bush administration; the first 3 years of the Obama administration. I am going to continue on. If you want to get back to me on that, that would be great. Ms. Johnson, can you tell me about Results.gov? You highlighted it as one of the great accomplishments of the GSA. What does it do?

[Martha N. Johnson:]
The Results.gov, among other online Web sites, allows Federal Government employees, as well as U.S. citizens, to look at and access data about their government.

[Jason Chaffetz:]
So when I type in www.Results.gov, why does it come up blank?

[Martha N. Johnson:]
I don’t know, sir.

[Jason Chaffetz:]
Mr. Robertson, you are the Chief of Staff.

[Michael Robertson:]
I am unfamiliar with the Results.gov Web site.

[Jason Chaffetz:]
Now, this is the disconnect. You are the Chief of Staff; she is the former Administrator. She cites it as one of just a handful of great accomplishments at the GSA, and you don’t even know what it is?

[Michael Robertson:]
I believe that the Administrator-former Administrator’s reference to data was about Data.gov.

[Jason Chaffetz:]
That is not what she said. She said Results.gov. And it is blank. It is blank. It is something that actually the Bush administration does, but I don’t see it there. I didn’t even go to it until you highlighted it in your testimony. And I would appreciate the GSA getting back to us. I think that is terribly unacceptable. Location Solvers. My understanding, Mr. Robertson, is that the GSA employs people that are full-time planning coordinators. Is that correct?

[Michael Robertson:]
That is my understanding, yes.

[Jason Chaffetz:]
Okay. So in this particular instance, Location Solvers is hired, and they were rewarded a $12,000 finder fee. Why are we hiring full-time people to be party planners only to go out and hire a service that then gets a $12,000 commission? Don’t you think they would have given that commission back to the American taxpayers had we done this directly?

[Michael Robertson:]
I do not understand that action either. I – that was one of the outlying –

[Jason Chaffetz:] I struggle to figure out what you do understand and what you do know. You are the Chief of Staff. We expect you to understand these things. I yield back, Mr. Chairman.

[Chairman ISSA:] Source: L Y B I O . N E T
I thank the gentleman. We now recognize the gentleman from Kentucky, Mr. Yarmuth, for 5 minutes

Jason Chaffetz Goes Berserk You Spent $75000 On 25 Bicycles

Jason Chaffetz Goes Berserk You Spent $75000 On 25 Bicycles

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