GSA Official Seeks Criminal Probe of Conference Spending, Gifts


Inspector General Brian Miller asked prosecutors to review possible contracting improprieties and other violations in connection with the conference, Neely allegedly took gifts purchased for an employee rewards program in the San Francisco-based region, where he is on administrative leave from his role as acting regional commissioner. The gifts included an iPod and speakers, a Global Positioning System, camera and Sony eReader. Miller has turned over to prosecutors evidence that Neely, 57, and his staff approved contracts that were not competitively bid, as federal rules require. The sole-source deals included $59,000 to an audio-visual firm, a $12,500 commission to an outside event planner, and $75,000 to a company that led GSA staff members in a bike-building event.

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