A hearing on an extravagant government conference in Las Vegas will enter its second day on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, April 17. During Monday’s session, a House committee heard from officials accused of wasting taxpayer money on fancy meals and over-the-top entertainment. The GSA inspector general, Brian Miller, says he believes the behavior he uncovered could possibly be criminal and he wants the Justice Department to investigate possible bribes and kickbacks.
1. According to the video, what were some of the reasons for out-of-control spending?
2. Compare this government scandal to a similar corporate scandal. Discuss any differences or similarities.
3. What types of controls should have been in place to prevent this overspending situation?
4. What issues do identify as criminal offenses? Discuss.
MSNBC video. (2012). GSA Under Investigation for Frivolous Spending, April 16. (Retrievable online at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31510813/ns/msnbc_tv-the_dylan_ratigan_show/#47066004)
Cordes, N. (2012). Bribes, kickbacks in GSA Scandal? CBS News, April 17 (Retrievable online at http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505267_162-57415052/bribes-kickbacks-in-gsa-scandal/)