Did the General Services Administration’s Western Region’s overspending for conferences begin well before a 2010 meeting in Las Vegas that cost taxpayers $823,000 and included lavish spending on food, alcohol and even a “mind reading” entertainer?

The two leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee suggested Monday the problem goes back at the very least to a 2008 conference in New Orleans by the same western region. That meeting cost $655,000, $168,000 less than the Las Vegas conference but twice as much as the 2006 meeting in Oklahoma City.