This past April we told you about how the General Services Administration spent over $800,000 of your money on, among other things, an extravagant gala in Las Vegas. It seems as if the fun didn’t stop in Las Vegas. There was more GSA “fun” just outside of Washington, D.C.
On July 11 the Acting Director of GSA, Dan Tangherlini, sent a report to Congress concerning a November 17, 2010 “awards ceremony” put on by the Federal Acquisition Services, a division of the GSA. Mr. Tangherlini has been Acting Director since the previous director left after the first scandal became public…I’m sure to spend more time with his family.
You will be happy to know that this awards ceremony only cost you $268,732… heck, a mere pittance by comparison to what you spent in Las Vegas.
You can read a complete list of what you spent at the above link, but several things caught my eye. You spent $20, 578.24 to provide 4000 drumsticks to the attendees…not food, actual drumsticks. I am certain though, that each attendee will cherish his or her drumsticks for life, and, if given the opportunity would thank you in person for such a thoughtful gift.
You also spent $28,364.45 to provide 4000 time/temperature picture frames to the attendees. Again, a thoughtful gift on your part.
Here is the sad truth. If a federal agency doesn’t spend all of the money in their fiscal year’s budget, the next year’s budget will be cut back to what they actually spent. This creates a disincentive for department or agency heads to use your tax dollars wisely.
With the possible exception of the Department of Defense, you could reduce each agency’s budget by at least 5% annually and they wouldn’t skip a beat.
OK, they wouldn’t be able to provide trips to Las Vegas, or drumsticks, for that matter, but they could easily perform the functions we pay them to do.