Washington (CNN) – House Republicans released new information exposing excess spending by the General Services Administration beyond the now infamous 2010 Las Vegas convention.
The agency appears to have spent $330,000 to relocate an employee from Denver to Hawaii, and likely "millions" on others over a two year period.
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That information comes from an interview with a GSA event planner conducted by an investigator with the GSA inspector general in March, 2011. The transcript of the interview was provided to CNN by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
It is unclear from the transcript whether the government was reimbursed for any of the expenses.
The interview was largely about spending at the convention, but the unnamed GSA event planner volunteered that another part of his or her job was to relocate other employees.
In the one particular relocation from Denver to Hawaii costing the GSA $330,000, the event planner said the employee "stayed on for just the one year and then quit. Left the GSA," despite signing an agreement to stay on after relocation, "Wow that is wasting taxpayer money," the investigator said.
It "blew me away when I saw how much it costs to relocate somebody. It's crazy. It's astronomical. Hundreds of thousands of dollars," for one person, said the GSA event planner.
According to this transcript, relocation allowances generally included: a house hunting trip, temporary quarters for one to 30 days (which could be extended to 90 days), a vehicle shipped, $25 per diem, as well as groceries and laundry.
"I mean it's outrageous," said the GSA event planner.
Beyond that, the event planner said the government picked up the tab for closing costs on a home purchase, and if the person relocating can't sell their house, "we have a guarantee that we'll buy it" and "sell it off to somebody else."
"In the past two years how much do you think you've seen spent," asked the Inspector General investigator.
"Oh millions," replied the GSA event planner.
"How many employees are we talking about," the investigator later asked.
"I'd say, right now, probably about 15 files on my desk," said the GSA event planner.
"That's amazing, Thank you for sharing that with me," the investigator responded.
The event planner then said he or she is going to "get myself in trouble."
"How can you get yourself in trouble for talking to the Inspector General's office about cost?" the investigator asked.
In an indication GSA officials knew this kind of spending was over the top, the event planner later said "my management team had told me not to tell anyone how much those things cost because people would just be really surprised at what we spent, you know, to relocate..."
"Who said not to tell anybody?" the investigator asked.
"It was the people in budget and financial management," replied the event planner.
House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa said in a statement "GSA's culture of lavish spending clearly goes well beyond a single convention. It's troubling to see the agency tasked with setting the standard for accountability and cost-cutting across the government evidently engaging in such abusive spending."
CNN provided this transcript to a GSA spokesman who said he is looking into it.