August 31st, 2012
08:35 PM ET

GSA workers racked up $7.7M in travel costs

An Outfront update on an investigation we first brought you last week. How the federal government's General Services Administration (GSA) is spending your tax dollars on its employees who are working from home full-time.

Sounds good, a lot of companies do this, saves commute time, office space, hassle, but here's the catch:
Some of these government workers, actually a lot of them, don't even live in the city or state where their office is located and the costs are adding up.

Remember, this is the agency whose mission is to monitor how much other government agencies are spending and was created in the spirit of helping to provide a "transparent government for the american people".

Drew Griffin from our special investigations unit, has been trying to find out for months how much all this extra travel is costing.

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Federal workers rack up nearly $8 million in travel costs

The General Services Administration - already under scrutiny for excessive spending - spent $7.7 million over the past four years to transport hundreds of employees who work full-time from their homes to various government conferences and meetings across the country, according to records released this week by the federal agency.

The GSA is currently reviewing its so-called "virtual employee" program as part of a top-down review of all of its practices.

The GSA made headlines this year after a scathing inspector general's report showed that it spent $823,000 on a 2010 conference in Las Vegas. Reports and video clips of the lavish conference sparked taxpayer indignation over the wasteful spending, the resignation of the GSA's top leaders and a congressional investigation into the agency's spending practices. Since then, reports of more wasteful spending at the government agency have surfaced.


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