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McCaskill, the chairwoman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, has been looking at the awards program, called “Hats Off” since 2010.

McCaskill said several officials mentioned in the IG report, which exposed a PBS conference costing $822,000 in Nevada in October 2010, received bonuses ranging from $500 to $1,500 for their contribution to the conference.

“The subcommittee has also learned that the Regional Commissioner for Region 9 received approximately $9,000 for his performance in 2011,” McCaskill wrote. “Although the Senior Executive Service bonus review committee, which was aware of the Inspector General’s findings, recommended that he should not receive any bonus for the year, their recommendation was overruled by senior GSA leadership, including former GSA Public Buildings Service Commissioner Robert Peck.”