The U.S. General Services Administration’s inspector general has asked the Justice Department to conduct a criminal investigation of the senior official at the center of an investigation into a lavish Las Vegas conference, the Washington Post reports. Jeffrey Neely, a senior official who hosted a four-day training conference for 300 staff members that cost $823,000, reportedly took electronic items for his personal use from a GSA storeroom.
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.