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Report: GSA Admin Martha Johnson Steps Down

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General Services Administration Administrator Martha Johnson resigned from her post Monday following allegations of excessive spending at a training conference, the Washington Post reports.

Dan Tangherlini, an assistant secretary in the Treasury Department, will succeed Johnson, according to the report.

GSA also fired Robert Peck, public buildings service chief and Stephen Leeds, Johnson’s top advisor, according to the Post.

The agency’s inspector general is set to release a report on a training conference held outside Las Vegas in October 2010, which the Post said sparked the resignations.

Four additional employees from GSA who were responsible for organizing the four-day conference have been placed on administrative leave pending further action.

The Post reports the organizers spent $835,000 on an event for 300 employees.

The lodging and airfare expenses cost $147,000, while the agency spent $3,200 for a mind reader and $75,000 on a training exercise to build a bicycle.

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