When he was in Kansas City he was the Government Services Administration’s (GSA) biggest nightmare after uncovering a series of embarrassing actions taken by the organization over the years to try and cover its actions.
In fact, the frustrated GSA even hired a PR firm without competitive bidding for about $240,000 to try and manage KSHB’s Russ Ptacek. As expected, Ptacek then did a story exposing the PR giveaway, and that resulted in a Congressional investigation.
In February of this year Bottom Line broke the news that Ptacek was leaving KSHB after about 5 1/2 years to take a new position at WUSA in Washington, D.C.
It is likely the GSA in Kansas City celebrated his departure. That may have been premature.
At WUSA Ptacek has only increased his investigation of the GSA on a larger scale in a larger media market.
Ptacek recently examined nearly 14,000 payroll documents from the GSA and uncovered $30 million in unreported bonuses for fiscal year 2011. That brings the already troubled General Services Administration’s total bonus pool nearly $44 million.
He report (below) has gone nationwide and is on the Drudge Report site. The nightmare for the GSA continues…