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GSA exec on leave over Vegas junket

– The General Services Administration on Monday placed an eighth employee on administrative leave following an investigation into $823,000 in spending for an October 2010 training conference at a Las Vegas resort.

The agency in charge of federal buildings and supplies continued to address the scandal in its ranks as at least three congressional committees geared up for hearings beginning next week.

The latest official placed on leave was David Foley, deputy commissioner of the Public Buildings Service.

Foley had appeared in a video presenting an award at the conference to an employee who, in the same video, performed a rap song bragging about the lavish spending.

“As part of GSA’s continuing review of events surrounding the 2010 Western Regions Conference and subsequent IG report, PBS Deputy Commissioner Dave Foley has been placed on administrative leave,” the agency said in a statement.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will conduct the first hearing on the scandal next Monday.

A Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing will take place April 18.

A third hearing is set for April 19 by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

The GSA said it welcomed the hearings.