Monday, May 7, 2012

Awarding bonuses for wasting taxpayer dollars

This story is undoubtedly the "tip of the iceberg" in the Obama Administration's "stewardship" of taxpayer funds, and bears repeating:

Federal employees got bonuses for planning agency's lavish 2010 event, investigation reveals: "Awarding bonuses for wasting taxpayer dollars? . . . "It would also appear that a number of GSA bureaucrats who helped arrange the Las Vegas junket were handed cash bonuses for their work in wasting the better part of a million dollars," Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., said Tuesday. Rep. Mica also revealed Tuesday that one high-ranking official spent an extra night in Vegas at taxpayer expense, even though the conference was already over. Calling the new revelation the "icing on the cake," Mica said the official paid only $93 for a fourth night at the Vegas suite, which costs more than $1,000 a night. The rest of the cost of the room "was apparently charged to the taxpayer" he said in a statement. . . . The GSA, the federal equivalent of the government's landlord, had been preparing to return to the Las Vegas area, but the Washington Post reported that the upcoming conference, scheduled for April 25 at a Vegas hotel, has been cancelled."

Here's a prime example of why those in the private sector know government is clueless (at least under the Obama administration) when it comes to efficiency, stewardship of resources, and productivity.  GSA (from top to bottom) actually believed they were operating "in the public interest" by wasting taxpayer funds on a Las Vegas junket.  Bureaucrats and politicians can "rationalize and justify" all kinds of wasteful spending. Maybe it's time for real change in Washington.


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