The GSA scandal's powerful and powerless players

• Brian Miller: As the inspector general for the GSA, Miller directed the investigation into the conference spending. In his testimony this week, Miller openly flogged the administration and its officials, saying a culture of excessive spending, unaccountability, bullying and acceptance of skirting spending rules was potentially rampant in the administration, specifically in Region 9. Miller testified that he urged penalties for Neely as well as additional actions long before they were meted out. (Johnson contends that she was holding back until the Office of the Inspector General completed its investigation of the matter.) Miller confirmed Monday that investigations remain under way related to potential bribes and kickbacks at the agency.

• Robert Peck (fired): Johnson fired Peck, the former commissioner of the Public Buildings Service, just before she resigned. Peck has been billed nearly $2,000 for holding a party in his suite during the conference. He testified Tuesday during a House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee hearing that he did not plan the conference events and as for his personal party, he was not aware taxpayers would be charged and had paid for some of the food costs out of his own pocket. He described the 2010 Las Vegas conference as an "aberration" Tuesday.

• Susan Brita: The deputy GSA administrator has been identified as the key whistle-blower in this case. Brita made a request to OIG to investigate the conference and also expressed concern to Peck regarding whether the 2010 conference was necessary. After Neely received a reprimand following the conference spending, Brita complained that the rebuke was a weak punishment for Neely. Members of Tuesday's subcommittee commended Brita for her actions.

• Dan Tangherlini: He was brought in after the scandal to serve as the acting administrator of the agency. Tangherlini previously worked for the Department of the Treasury. Since assuming his position April 2, he has enacted changes to reform the agency to "ensure nothing like this ever happens" again, including canceling 35 off-site conferences and suspending all travel unless deemed essential by management. He has also highlighted his efforts to reach out to potential whistle-blowers.

• David Foley (administrative leave): The deputy Public Buildings Service commissioner testified Monday and Tuesday that he was not involved in the conference planning, but assumed responsibility for comments (which now live on in perpetuity via the video recording at the conference) in which he poked fun at congressional oversight and the conference's price tag. Foley testified that he viewed his speech as a "comedic roast" of sorts and apologized for mocking the agency and oversight as well as for overlooking an opportunity to address the mission of the agency. "My remarks were wrong and I take full responsibility for what I said," Foley testified.

• Michael Robertson: The agency's chief of staff was challenged during Monday's hearing on what he knew about the scandal and when. Robertson, who was a former staffer for Obama, waded into a controversial situation Monday by saying he informed the White House of the wrongdoing earlier than this spring. He reportedly clarified that statement later on Monday, explaining he mentioned the OIG report only in passing.

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