Watchdog: Accountability

GSA exec with top-secret clearance had a checkered history

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A General Services Administration executive responsible for intelligence agency customers went to China for a year -- without telling anyone.

These weren't the only issues found with the employee, though.

The agency's inspector general sent a memo about him in December to the top GSA acquisition and human resources officials, according to the Washington Times.

However, the fallout was kept quiet.

He held a top-secret compartmented information clearance that required him to not only report the trip, but to disclose any old felony arrests or contacts with foreign nationals.

According to the memo, which was obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the Times, he did none of this.

The employee also -- among other serious misconduct findings -- misused a government travel card, made false statements on ethics and national security forms and failed to disclose an airplane he owned as an asset in a 2008 bankruptcy case.

The Washington Times was able to determine he worked for the GSA's Office of Customer Accounts and Research -- thus making him the point of contact for other federal agencies that use GSA contracts.

The investigation of the employee ended in late 2013 without criminal charges when the Justice Department declined to prosecute, according to the memo.

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