GSA video mocks agency's spending; gains steam online

A video showing GSA employees lampooning the agency's excessive spending is gaining steam online as the agency is suffering from a public image problem.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) circulated the video Thursday afternoon, which shows General Services Administration employees rapping to the tune of Travie McCoy's pop hit "Billionaire."


The video -- titled "Federal Worker ‘American Idle’” -- was created as part of the talent competition at the GSA's lavish four-day conference in Las Vegas in 2010.

A report showing hundreds of thousands of dollars in excessive spending at the conference resulted in the resignation of the agency's administrator. The conference featured a clown, a mind reader and expensive catering plates.

In the video, a GSA employee mocks other federal agencies for not being able to afford flatscreen televisions and new cars and brags about avoiding investigation into the spending. At another point, Deputy Commissioner of the Public Building Service David Foley jokes about a party in a hotel suite.

Issa said the video was further evidence of out-of-control government spending -- and a lack of oversight by the Obama Administration.

“It takes a lot of work to spend $3,000 a person and at a time when unemployment was nearly 10 percent, Americans were suffering and GSA was enjoying the good times and doing so with high-ranking political employees,” he said. “This administration knew about this 11 months ago and they didn’t act until the press got wind of it. This is typically what has been happening in this administration. They are only transparent when they are discovered.”

White House spokesman Jay Carney said earlier in the week the president "was outraged by the excessive spending, questionable dealings with contractors and disregard for taxpayer dollars."

"He called for all those responsible to be held fully accountable, given that these actions were irresponsible and entirely inconsistent with the expectations that he has set as president," Carney added.

The GSA disavowed the video in a statement to Fox News.

“This video is another example of the complete lack of judgment exhibited during the 2010 Western Regions Conference,” said GSA spokesman Adam Elkington. “Our agency continues to be appalled by this indefensible behavior, and we are taking every step possible to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.”