Three-day government retreat at Biltmore puts spending in spotlight

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PHOENIX -- Hundreds of members of the Social Security Administration are in town for a retreat at the Biltmore and taxpayers are footing the $750,000 bill.

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Training retreat at Biltmore puts government spending in spotlight - Hundreds of members of the Social Security Administration are staying at the Biltmore and taxpayers are footing the bill.

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An SSA spokesman insists that this is not another AIG situation, pointing out that no recovery money is being used. AIG came under fire in October for sending executives to an expensive California resort less than a week after receiving billions in bailout money.

Some 700 SSA managers are taking part in the three-day retreat, which reportedly includes diversity training, stress management, motivational speakers, as well as entertainment like music, dancing and casino night.

The SSA said it looked at resorts all over the country and chose the Biltmore because it offered the cheapest rate -- $85 per night. The money reportedly came from the SSA's training budget.