"It beats being at work!" glowed one Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) manager at a taxpayer-funded conference last December. The FAA spent $5 million to send 3,600 employees to a "conference" in Atlanta, although "whistle blowers and critics say [the conference] was little more than an excuse to throw a three-week-long Christmas party." An undercover investigation by ABC World News revealed the nightly parties got a bit on the wild side. "Anytime you get a bunch of FAA guys together, it is nothing but a party," bragged one FAA employee. According to the report, "[a]nother conference attendee asked a female ABC News undercover reporter if she was a 'hooker' because 'I was ready to reach for my wallet.'"
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