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Aug 27, 2012 | PENSACOLA NEWS JOURNAL

Editorial: Rep. Jeff Miller right with VA investigation

We are happy to see Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Chumuckla and chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, demand detailed records of Veterans Administration expenses for the past three years, specifically regarding multimillion-dollar conferences.

Aug 27, 2012 | FOX NEWS

Conference expense list details millions spent by VA in latest federal waste scandal

Nearly $100,000 worth of "coffee break refreshments" was among the itemized expenses revealed Friday from two controversial Veterans Affairs conventions, whose combined price tag topped $5 million.

Aug 20, 2012 | FEDERAL NEWS RADIO

Congressman pledges to hold hearings on VA conference spending

Spa treatments, concert tickets, plus helicopter and stretch limo rides — the initial details in a Veterans Affairs' Office of the Inspector General investigation could overshadow the General Services Administration conference spending scandal....

Aug 20, 2012 | FEDERAL COMPUTER WEEK

Senator not done questioning VA on conference costs

Having been briefed already by Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki regarding excessive spending on training conferences, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has more questions. In a letter sent the day of Shinseki’s briefing -- Aug. 10 -- the ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee requested the spending details on two VA training conferences held in Orlando, Fla., in 2011, and an analysis of how the costs compare to similar VA conferences. She’s also asking if the planners of the two conferences plan other conferences.

Aug 20, 2012 | FEDERAL TIMES

VA, embroiled in scandal, looks to avoid fate of GSA

The Veterans Affairs Department, rocked last week by a scandal concerning excessive conference spending, hopes to skirt the fate that befell the top leadership at the General Services Administration four months ago.

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