Jeff Neely’s Pacific Adventure

Posted April 17, 2012 at 1:01pm

Well after an inspector general began auditing a lavish Las Vegas conference, Jeff Neely, who headed the General Services Administration’s San Francisco office, took his wife on a taxpayer-funded trip to Hawaii, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Neely boasted in a November 2011 email that the trip was a “birfday” gift. (Fiddy must be so proud.) His wife responded positively to the gesture.

“It’s yo birfday … We gonna pawty like iz yo birfday!” she emailed to Neely. “All sounds good. Need to check date line …  Do we fain or lose a day going to Guam? If so we will have to adjust sked.”

Neely’s wife’s name is redacted from the email obtained by Roll Call, but the email was discussed in a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing today, indicating Neely’s wife was his correspondent on the chain.

The itinerary of the trip, as outlined by Neely in the preceding email, was this: “So we head to Hawaii. I’ll probably go over on Saturday Feb 4. I will work in Honolulu on Monday Feb 5. Head to Guam on Tues. Wednesday in Guam. Thursday in Saipan. Friday Feb 10 leave saipan. That gives us a coupld of days each on Guam and Saipan.”

In November, GSA Inspector General Brian Miller had already been investigating the Las Vegas conference for some time. He briefed top GSA officials about his preliminary findings in May 2011.

A source close to the investigation said Miller is investigating whether Neely’s wife paid her travel expenses, but the couple at least shared a room paid for by taxpayers.

Neely invoked his 5th Amendment rights at a Congressional hearing Monday and did not appear at a hearing today.

Check out pictures of the Neely family vacation here!