Kansas City GSA Employee Works From Home — in Hawaii
The General Services Administration, already under investigation for lavish spending, allowed an employee to telecommute from Hawaii even though he is based at the GSA’s Kansas City, Missouri, office, a CNN investigation has found.
It cost more than $24,000 for the business development specialist to travel to and from the mainland United States over the past year.
He is among several hundred GSA “virtual” workers who also travel to various conferences and their home offices, costing the agency millions of dollars over the past three years.
Under the program, employees work from home and may live in another state from the region in which they’re actually assigned.
The Kansas City employee, who started his job in January 2011, is paid $84,440 and works from his home in Honolulu, a GSA representative confirmed.
In the past year, according to GSA travel records, the employee has flown back to the mainland nine times for conferences and meetings. Four of those trips were to St. Louis; four were to Washington, with a side trip to Cincinnati; and one was to San Diego. The total cost to taxpayers was $24,221.