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    Re: GSA official pleads Fifth in conference scandal

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    GSA official pleads Fifth in conference scandal - Seung Min Kim - POLITICO.com

    Ironically, one of the functions of the GSA to "develop government-wide cost minimizing policies" (according to Wiki). See why some of us are not comfortable with trusting govt agencies to police themselves?
    Well, first of all, corruption is endemic to any form of bureaucracy. This is why government agencies have internal affairs units or offices of professional responsibility. No matter how well such an institution polices itself, **** like this will always happen. This is why we also get government agencies to police each other (DOJ). The fact that this story even came out is evidence that at least someone is trying root out the corrupt practices and bring them to light. So what exactly are the alternatives when it comes to who should police government agencies?
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    Re: GSA official pleads Fifth in conference scandal

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    Well, first of all, corruption is endemic to any form of bureaucracy. This is why government agencies have internal affairs units or offices of professional responsibility. No matter how well such an institution polices itself, **** like this will always happen. This is why we also get government agencies to police each other (DOJ). The fact that this story even came out is evidence that at least someone is trying root out the corrupt practices and bring them to light. So what exactly are the alternatives when it comes to who should police government agencies?
    The only answer is to shrink them to a manageable size.
    "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." - John Adams

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