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"We found the Department (of Justice) spent $16 on each of the 250 muffins served at an August 2009 legal conference in Washington," said a DOJ Office of Inspector General report released on Tuesday.
The department spent $32 per person on snacks of Cracker Jack, popcorn, and candy bars and coffee that cost $8.24 per cup at another conference, the report said.
The DOJ also spent nearly $600,000 for event planning services for five conferences, the document said.
The DOJ spent $121 million on conferences in fiscal 2008 and 2009, which exceeded its own spending limits and appeared to be extravagant and wasteful, according to the report that examined 10 conferences held during that period.
Current reports have EDS charging the Navy to the tune of approximately $5 million annually, a figure roughly 10 times the cost of merely replacing the infected hard disk drives with new ones. Cleaning up after these types of security incidents is no laughing matter. The process is designed to be long and arduous for one significant reason – preventing the accidental compromise and potential loss of classified data. With the core intent of ensuring no classified residual data exists upon completion of all required cleaning actions, the process by which servers and workstations are cleansed is actually a relatively simple task for properly trained IT professionals. Although time consuming, the vast majority of the process is automated.
A Pentagon investigation has found evidence that a subsidiary of the politically connected Halliburton Company overcharged the government by as much as $61 million for fuel delivered to Iraq under huge no-bid reconstruction contracts, senior military officials said Thursday. The subsidiary, Kellogg, Brown & Root, also submitted a proposal for cafeteria services that seemed to be inflated by $67 million, the officials said. The Pentagon rejected that proposal, they said.
Originally posted by daryllyn
reply to post by 2manyquestions
[color=deepskyblue]That's insane. And sickening. And wrong. And such an incredible waste.
It is so far beyond time for a change in this country that it is not even funny!edit on 21-9-2011 by daryllyn because: (no reason given)
Whether you call it a debacle, fraud or simply an outrage, the saga of Solyndra, the failed California solar technology startup that left public taxpayers on the hook for $535 million, will cast a long shadow over President Barack Obama on next year's campaign trail. Even as Solyndra executives this week ducked a congressional investigation and pleaded the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination, the anger on Capitol Hill continues to grow. The company went bankrupt two weeks ago, but its financial underpinnings were weak from the start and yet the Obama administration plunged ahead and pressured the Department of Energy to speed up and approve the $535 million in federal loan guarantees. For what? For Obama's green-energy photo op at the company's Fremont manufacturing plant? Or was it related to the Obama fund-raising work of George Kaiser, whose family was Solyndra's biggest investor?
Originally posted by ParanoidAmerican
reply to post by daryllyn
You know the caterer is a relative of someone's that's how these folks work. Chaney was CEO of Halliburton and they got all the contracts to rebuild what we blew up. It all stays in the family so to speak. Still silly spending.
edit on 21-9-2011 by ParanoidAmerican because: (no reason given)edit on 21-9-2011 by ParanoidAmerican because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by MentalPriapism
What's so darn infuriating about that is, as the article points out (I believe, given it's the same one I read), the government did absolutely no cost-benefit analysis when planning these meetings. Sure, they get the meeting room for "free" if they buy food from the hotel, but obviously all the food and price-gauging adds up. You'd think someone would realize that they would be better off paying to rent the meeting space and bringing their own food from Costco. I'd certainly like to think that our government is capable of doing this kind of thinking for themselves when tossing around our tax dollars... and they probably are, they just don't CARE.
Originally posted by beezzer
reply to post by daryllyn
(I have coupons )
Seriously? It is the arrogance and superiority-complex of these clowns that create these stories.
We need humility, and a sense of obligation back in the public servants arena.