Bill Would Ban Bonuses for Federal Employees under Investigation…If They Work for GSA

Saturday, June 30, 2012
Paul Prouty
Lawmakers in the U.S. House have decided to single out the General Services Administration (GSA), introducing legislation that would ban that agency’s employees under investigation from receiving bonuses.
The proposal follows several accounts of GSA workers enjoying financial rewards while being investigated for wrongdoing.
According to Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), GSA has paid at least $1.1 million in bonuses to 84 employees under inspector general investigation since 2008.
In one instance, the agency held a conference in Las Vegas that cost the taxpayers $823,000. An inspector general report was critical of the event, resulting in five top GSA officials being placed on leave. And yet the executives wound up getting bonuses ranging from $9,100 up to $11,690, which went to Public Buildings Service Region 8 Commissioner Paul Prouty. As acting administrator, Prouty also received a 2010 performance award of $35,940.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
To Learn More:
Bill Bans Bonuses for Feds Under Investigation (by Kellie Lunney, Government Executive)
Senator Details $1.1 Million in Bonuses over Four Years (by Timothy R. Smith, Washington Post}
More Details Emerge on GSA Executive Bonuses (by Charles Clark, Government Executive)


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