Gingrich told investigators, "I should have made sure the conferences were executed better. Now, I think people should have done more prudent work. But, it's my signature upon that page."
The inspector general recommended "appropriate administrative action" for Gingrich, but did not make specific recommendations. The report noted that Shinseki told his chief of staff that policies and procedures used to monitor conference expenses were inadequate and that he should have asked more questions.
Lawmakers and agencies are paying closer attention to employee-training conferences after a lavish conference held by the General Services Administration featured a clown, a mind-reader and a rap video.