Once again, excesses at meetings made national headlines, with the exposure of the General Services Administration’s 2010 Western Regions Conference, a five-day, 300-attendee training conference held at the M Resort Spa and Casino in Henderson, Nev. The meeting cost the GSA $822,751, with a food-and-beverage bill that exceeded per diems, questionable expenses such as mementos for attendees ($6,325 on commemorative coins), clothing for GSA employees, and tuxedo rentals. In response, ...

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