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GSA under fire for video that makes light of excess government spending

This video titled, "Federal Worker, American Idle," won an award at a conference held by the U.S. General Services Administration. Top officials there were pushed out earlier this week after an investigation revealed the agency spent nearly $823,000 at a Las Vegas conference.

The U.S. General Services Administration is under fire yet again this week, this time for a talent show-esque video making light of excess government spending. The video was made by an employee out of the agency’s Hawaii office and it won an award at a conference hosted by the agency, the Washington Post reported.

In it, the employee, who identifies himself as Hank Terlaje, sings to the tune of Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars’ (I want to be a) Billionaire.

Terlaje’s version of the song goes like this:


“Obama better prepare, when I’m commissioner, I’d have a road show like Neely, every time you see me rolling on $20s,” he sings, pitch-perfect, referring to Jeff Neely, the acting administration for the Pacific Rim region. “I buy everything your field office can’t afford. Every GS-5 would get a top hat award. Donate my vacation, love to the nation, I’ll never be under OIG investigation.”

Prescient words, given that the agency was then investigated for a year by the OIG – the agency’s Office of the Inspector General – for spending $822,751 at a conference held outside Las Vegas for the western offices. The inspector general released a 23-page report on Monday detailing the excessive spending at the conference.

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Halfway through the video clip, which was released by Darrell Issa, a California Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is footage of Terlaje at the conference, winning an award for the video.

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Terlaje is made an honorary “commissioner for a day” by Deputy Commissioner David Foley, who joked about a $2,000 party held the night before in the loft suite of the real commissioner, Robert Peck, the Post reported. Peck was fired on Monday.

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