From: The Honorable Diane Black
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Date: 4/22/2015

Dear Colleague:
I write today regarding important legislation to continue our efforts combatting waste, fraud, and abuse at the General Services Administration (GSA), and I urge you to cosponsor this bill.
GSA has a long history of mismanaging taxpayer funds, from elaborate kickback schemes arranged with contractors to extravagant spending on 2000 square foot Las Vegas suites for senior employees. Last September, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Northern California chose to indict one such employee for fraud, citing his use of agency funds for personal travel and subsequent choice to lie about his activities to investigators.
The Government Spending Accountability (GSA) Act of 2015, which passed the House by voice vote last Congress, would bring much needed transparency and place limitations on spending to this long-troubled agency. Specifically, it would limit GSA spending to $500,000 per conference, prohibit the agency from sending more than 50 employees to any one conference, and limit total agency travel expenses to 70% of FY 2010 levels. Additionally, the bill would require GSA to publicly post online detailed quarterly reports on any conference that costs more than $10,000.
If you would like to cosponsor this legislation, please contact Jon Toomey in Congressman Black’s office.
Thank you for your consideration.

Diane Black
Member of Congress