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April 02, 2012

What did the clown, the comedian and the mindreader have in common?

They're apparently part of the reason for firings and departures at the sprawling General Services Administration, the Washington Post reports.

The Post says the chief of the agency is resigning and "two of her top deputies have been fired amid reports of excessive spending at a training conference at a luxury hotel that featured a mindreader, a clown and a comedian.

"Four GSA employees who organized the four-day conference have been placed on adminstrative leave pending further action," the Post said. It also noted there was $6,300 spent on "commemorative coin set displayed in velvet boxes" -- just the kind of swag that President Obama last fall ordered agencies to crack down on. 


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