Sen. Dean Heller Asks House Committee To Focus On GSA, Not Nevada, At Upcoming Hearing

CARSON CITYU.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., today sent a letter to U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla.,  chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, requesting that his upcoming hearing focus on the misdeeds of the General Services Administration (GSA), not Nevada.

On Tuesday Mica announced his committee will conduct a hearing of GSA’s activities, including a training conference held in Henderson in October 2010. GSA chief Martha Johnson resigned after she dismissed two deputies and suspended other career employees over the incident.

U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.

“Heller’s letter says in part: “I agree that the GSA’s actions are inexcusable. Taxpayer dollars should be spent responsibly and those responsible for any misuse should be held accountable.  However, while you investigate this matter, it should be noted that it was not the location that caused the misuse of taxpayer funds. The convention services my state offers are the best in the world, and no town in Nevada should be singled out due to the poor judgment by the GSA.

“Right now, Nevada leads the nation in unemployment,” he said. “It is my hope that members of the House and Senate can focus on the misjudgments of the GSA without unfairly targeting Nevada’s unparalleled accommodations and convention services.”

The $823,000 conference was held at the M Resort and Casino, and included a clown and a mind reader. It was the subject of a critical report by the GSA Office of Inspector General.