Russ Ptacek’s Bannister investigation reveals the GSA’s poor PR skills

When NBC Action News reporter Russ Ptacek embarked on his ambitious investigation into sick workers on the General Services Administration property of the Bannister Federal Complex, he started by filing Freedom of Information Act requests. In response, Ptacek received more than 10,000 pages of government documents, which currently blanket his desk and overflow onto a folding table in the hallway outside his closet-sized office.

Ptacek exposed the fact that GSA officials knew of the sick workers’ complaints long before they denied knowledge of such claims in his interviews.

Amusingly, some of the documents received through the FOIA request include e-mails between GSA officials as they discuss how to deal with Ptacek’s investigation.

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