ABC Story On Social Security Conference In Phoenix
I have been to a lot of conferences but I have never been to one where a motivational dance troupe performed.
Update: From FederalTimes.com:
...[L]eading members of two House and Ways Committee panels are accusing the agency leadership of being tone-deaf in holding the retreat at such a posh resort at a time of high unemployment and record government deficits.“At a time when millions of Americans are out of work and having to do more with less, and when the SSA has received significant new funding to address near record backlogs after longstanding funding requests made before our subcommittees, it is essential that great care be taken to use administrative funding wisely, in a way that brings the most value to the American people SSA serves,” the members wrote in a July 10 letter to SSA Commissioner Michael Astrue.Reps. John Tanner, D-Tenn., and Sam Johnson, R-Texas, who are the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Social Security subcommittee; and John Linder, R-Ga., who is the top Republican on the income security and family support subcommittee, wrote the letter.The lawmakers asked Astrue to provide by July 17:• Details of costs for travel, rooms, meals, speakers, entertainment, conference room rental and equipment charges.• The number of official hours SSA employees used traveling and attending the conference, as well as the number of employees who attended and their job titles.• The process used to select the retreat location, including “whether government contracting rules were followed and whether the hotel housing the conference was the lowest bidder.”
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