CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 30, 1978
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(Studio) General Services Administration announcement of discovery in own agency of one of government's biggest kickback schemes noted. General Accounting Office and GPO mentioned.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) Details about corruption found in General Services Administration across cntry., according to General Services Administration administration Jay Solomon and special cnsl. Vincent Alto, given. [ALTO - thinks indictments will show extent of corruption. States estimate given to Senator Lawton Chiles' committee in June. Says it could be biggest money scandal in history of federal government] Investigations into alleged corruption and details about expected indictments described. Ex. of fraudulent practices given involves painting in General Services Administration headquarters Solomon's attempts to change and reform General Services Administration and own note that 10 years ago Congress criticized same practices in General Services Administration and nothing happened reported.
REPORTER: Robert Schakne
(Studio) GSA's management of government bldgs. outlined.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) History given of one GSA-administered government building in DC. Location of building called Buzzard's Point said to be major reason Securities and Exchange Commission and 8 other agencies turned it down as site for offices; building reported to be over a mi. from Capitol. [SEC executive director Benjamin MILK - states reasons building is in bad location and reasons he believes it was built there.] Arthur F. Sampson noted as head of General Services Administration at time of Buzzard's Point being leased to government; his departure from General Services Administration and recent hiring by men who leased building to government reported Sampson's unavailability for comment mentioned. Present occupation of building by sections of Defense Department and FBI stated; cost to taxpayers for 2 years building stood vacant cited.
REPORTER: Susan Spencer