WASHINGTON — House committees investigating the scandal-plagued General Services Administration released an e-mail and letter yesterday showing that the organizer of a lavish Las Vegas conference escaped disciplinary action and even got a $9,000 bonus.
“Expenses for a
clown suit, bikes, tuxedos and mind reader don’t really lend themselves
to a claim of a substantive conference,” Deputy Administrator Susan
Brita wrote in an e-mail to underling Robert Peck in July.
complained that Peck had failed to adequately discipline the regional
administrator in charge of the Las Vegas conference, Jeff Neely, by
sending him a letter that called the conference “a managerial lapse.”
“Jeff is a seasoned SES [senior executive service] who is expected to
display the higher standards of common sense and prudent financial
management,” Brita wrote Peck. “He did neither. Sorry, but your letter
[to Neely] is not even a slap on the wrist.” (Continues)