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Sen. Daniel Inouye speaks against federal employee video

April 12, 2012
The Maui Weekly

The Republic - U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye recently spoke out against a video made by a Hawai'i federal employee, in which the employee sings about lavish government spending. The video garnered the employee, Hank Terlaje, an award at an $820,000 conference and training session held in Las Vegas in 2010.

"I saw the video produced by the Hawai'i General Services Administration office, and I must say it was not in good taste," Inouye said in a statement.

The agency is being investigated after a report was released about the high-priced conference, which featured a mind reader and extravagant receptions in resort suites.

Martha Johnson, the agency's head, has resigned in light of the report. Terlaje directed questions to GSA public affairs officers, including Greg Mecher.

"This video is another example of the complete lack of judgment exhibited during the 2010 Western Regions Conference," said Mecher. "Our agency continues to be appalled by this indefensible behavior, and we are taking every step possible to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again."



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