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'Record Number' of Lighthouses Up for Grabs

GSA is offering 6 of the obsolete structures for free, with another 4 on the auction block

(Newser) - If you've always pined to own your very own lighthouse—and Willem Dafoe hasn't scared you off of the prospect—now's your chance. Each May, the General Services Administration offers lighthouses to the public under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act , so that any of the federally...

Foreign Business Couldn't Keep Trump's Hotel in the Black

House panel asks GSA for more documents and answers

(Newser) - Documents released Friday show the Trump International Hotel in Washington lost millions while Donald Trump was president, though he claimed it was profitable, prompting a House panel to ask for answers from the GSA. The hotel lost more than $70 million during Trump's term, the Washington Post reports, despite...

Free Waterfront Office Space, but There's a Catch, Of Course

The federal government will let certain groups use old lighthouses

(Newser) - Dreading your eventual return to the office? The federal government is making available for free some waterfront workspaces with killer views that are sure to entice. But there's a catch. The General Services Administration says the U.S. Coast Guard has decided it no longer needs four of the...

GSA Boss Wants Law Changed
GSA Boss Wants
Law Changed

GSA Boss Wants Law Changed

Saying she tries 'to do what is right,' Emily Murphy puts her dilemma in personal terms

(Newser) - After it somehow fell to a nationally pressured appointee of President Trump to effectively declare the winner of the presidential election, Emily Murphy explained her delayed decision in personal terms. "I have always strived to do what is right," the GSA boss told President-elect Joe Biden on Monday...

Trump, GSA Tell Biden to Start the Transition

Agency head says she wasn't pressured by White House to delay

(Newser) - Emily Murphy, administrator of the General Services Administration, announced Monday afternoon that she had determined that President-elect Joe Biden is the "apparent winner" of the Nov. 3 presidential election, clearing the way for federal agencies to cooperate with Biden's team on the transition. In a tweet, Trump endorsed...

One Part of Trump Strategy: Expect More Rallies
Trump Appointee Won't Sign
Transition Letter
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Trump Appointee Won't Sign Transition Letter

Move prevents Biden team from accessing money, using federal buildings

(Newser) - The inauguration is 72 days away, and President Trump's team is signaling that it intends to make full use of them to try to keep Trump in office. Joe Biden, meanwhile, is quickly moving ahead by lining up his own White House team . Coverage about what to expect in...

What in the World Got Built Beneath the White House?

First phase of the 'big dig' is over, but West Wing looks the same

(Newser) - Two years and $86 million later, a major White House construction project is over—but nothing, at least that we can see, appears to have changed, and an aura of mystery surrounds the proceedings, the AP reports. The "Big Dig," officially meant to upgrade aging utilities at the...

Probe Uncovers $30M in Unreported GSA Bonuses

While another finds more 'questionable conferences'

(Newser) - A Washington-area TV station has uncovered $30 million in bonuses paid out in 2011 that the GSA neglected to mention in an earlier Freedom of Information Act request looking into its finances. In the May report, the Office of Personnel Management listed the GSA as paying a hair more than...

GSA Bash Organizer Steps Down

Jeff Neely had 'swagger' like Jack Abramoff: congressman

(Newser) - The General Services Administration official who organized that extravagant and much-derided Las Vegas conference has left his post. Jeff Neely was acting regional commissioner when the $800,000 conference occurred; after an investigation, he was placed on administrative leave in April. The GSA is continuing to pursue "all available...

It's Not Just Waste: Fraud Rampant at GSA

It clawed back $376M last year

(Newser) - The General Services Administration's Vegas shindig was just the tip of the iceberg. The GSA is so loaded with cash that it's a magnet for fraud and abuse, the Los Angeles Times reports. From October 2010 to September 2011 alone, the agency prosecuted 64 cases in which people...

Taxpayers Footed Travel Bill for GSA Honcho's Wife

Deborah Neely was apparently very good at spending government money

(Newser) - Tales of the General Services Administration's lavish overspending just keep coming. The latest? Turns out Deborah Neely, wife of GSA boss Jeff Neely (the guy who pleaded the Fifth at a House hearing Monday) came along on some of his "work" trips—at taxpayers' expense. Of course, she...

GSA Officials Did 1 Hour of Work on 7-Day Hawaii Trip

Flew out on a Saturday, returned on Friday to attend ribbon-cutting

(Newser) - The General Services Administration is truly the gift that keeps on giving , at least for those who love tales of government malfeasance. Rep. John Mica yesterday revealed another juicy tidbit born from the probe into the agency, reports The Hill . A number of GSA officials traveled to Hawaii on a...

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