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GSA had the party; Americans got the bill

If the federal government is broke, the General Services Administration must have missed the memo. At least GSA administrator Martha N. Johnson and two deputies are out in the wake of an inspector general's report detailing outrageous spending at a four-day, $823,000 training conference held in Nevada in 2010: including $5,600 for three in-room parties, a $75,000 team-building exercise, $44 breakfasts, $6,325 commemorative coins and $8,130 yearbooks. With Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., saying it reflects the "waste that exists in a bloated federal government," GSA's extravagance is sure to be oft-cited in the Capitol Hill battles to come.