Each and every aspect of the trip was filled with ridiculously inflated bills like that, to the point that the whole trip ended up costing $822,000. That's $2,740 per attendee. For a five-day convention.
And that doesn't even count the "diamond fight" portion of the team building exercise.
Unsurprisingly, the expenses led to an investigation where a bunch of other anomalies were uncovered, including this gem:
To select a venue and plan the conference, GSA employees conducted two "scouting trips," five off-site planning meetings, and a "dry run." Six of these planning events took place at the M Resort (the conference venue) itself.
Man, when an official government document starts using sarcasm quotes, you know someone's in trouble.
If you put it in air quotes, it isn't a crime. That's, like, the 30th Amendment or something.
Their reputation as a saving agency now in ruins, the only thing the GSA had left was their other key pillar, transparency of operation. Too bad they decided to piss all over that, too, as the responsible executive pleaded the Fifth Amendment when he was questioned by congressional committees ... then resigned before he could be heard.