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Obama livid with GSA: Las Vegas conference cost thousands

Obama livid with GSA: Las Vegas conference cost thousands
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A five-day Western Regions Conference at Las Vegas in October 2010 for 300 people cost more than $822,751, according to a report from the General Services Administration’s inspector general.

Along with excessive spending violations, the report claims that a $58,808 contract was given to large audio and visual services company, Royal Productions, when federal law requires them to be awarded to small businesses, according to the Washington Post.

The report says the GSA also failed to list the contract on the government’s Federal Business Opportunities and they gave Royal a competing bidder’s quote, which allowed Royal to win the contract.

“The diversion of small-business contracts to large corporations has gone on for a dozen years, and the only thing the government has done in response is remove the transparency,” Lloyd Chapman, president of the American Small Business League, said, according to the Post.

The federal government wants to give 23 percent of contract dollars to small businesses each year, but data says that 72 of the 100 companies getting most of the small-business contracts in 2011 exceeded the Small Business Administration’s size standards.

The Washington Examiner reported that a video has been found of GSA employees joking about their extravagant spending of taxpayer dollars at the Las Vegas conference. GSA Administrator Martha Johnson resigned after the conference made the news, and two of her deputies were fired.

 

Ex-Sheriff of the Year Patrick Sullivan caught in meth-sex trade (VIDEO)

Ex-Sheriff of the Year Patrick Sullivan caught in meth-sex trade (VIDEO)
BY ANASTASIA MILLICKER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM 

Former National Sheriff of the Year will spend 30 days in prison after pleading guilty of exchanging methamphetamine for sex.

Patrick Sullivan, former A...

Marco Rubio as Mitt Romney's VP? Paddy Power takes bet

Marco Rubio as Mitt Romney's VP? Paddy Power takes bet
FEILIM MAC AN IOMAIRE
PADDY POWER

With last night’s primary wins adding to Mitt Romney’s commanding lead over his Republican rivals, Paddy Power, Europe’s largest betting company, has today opened the b...

Helen Collins, 80-year-old who landed plane for dying husband, had confidence

Helen Collins, 80-year-old who landed plane for dying husband, had confidence
BY WENDY EKUA QUANSAH
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

An 80-year-old Wisconsin woman with minimal flying experience became a local hero when she courageously landed an aircraft after her husband was stricken by a...

FBI and NYPD suspicious of Al Qaeda 'coming soon' graphic

FBI and NYPD suspicious of Al Qaeda 'coming soon' graphic
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

An amateur movie graphic showing the Manhattan skyline at sunset with "Al Qaeda" in bold type followed by "Coming Soon Again in New York" has run on some Arab language ...

Ex-Chicago cop Howard Morgan, shot by white officers, could spend life in jail

Ex-Chicago cop Howard Morgan, shot by white officers, could spend life in jail
BY WENDY EKUA QUANSAH
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

In the wake of the Trayvon Martin case, the Howard Morgan shooting is yet another example of possible corruption in the justice system.

Activists in Chicago ar...

TV host Keith Olbermann takes fall in Al Gore's Current TV firing

TV host Keith Olbermann takes fall in Al Gore's Current TV firing
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Keith Olbermann started his show on Al Gore’s Current TV network on June 20 of last year, but was thinking about leaving within days.

Olbermann was fired from his job as...

Family of Ore. toddler killed in washing machine accident wants story told

Family of Ore. toddler killed in washing machine accident wants story told

Tiffany Hebb is mourning the death of her 21-month-old son, but wants the world to know about the way he died in hopes that it will prevent a similar tragedy.

Little Ollie Hebb was found unconscious an...

George Zimmerman 911 call edited: Can NBC be trusted?

George Zimmerman 911 call edited: Can NBC be trusted?
BY DANIEL REYES
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

NBC completed an investigation into allegations that the network doctored the George Zimmerman 911 tapes from the night Trayvon Martin was murdered.

In a statement vi...

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