More waste…this from the Department of Agriculture

The Office of the Inspector General audits all administrative branches of the federal government.  Unfortunately, by the time it does so, the money has been spent. 

I know you will be thrilled to learn this from a recent report.

The Agriculture Department spent $2 million on an internship program in which only one intern was hired, according to a new inspector general report. [emphasis supplied]

How any agency could spend $2 million on 1 person is mind numbing, but what the heck, it’s not their money anyway.

This, of course, comes on the heels of the recent revelations of how the GSA spent your money…$800,000 on a little get together in Las Vegas, complete with hot tub, and, $330,000 moving 1 employee from Denver to Hawaii.  And who could forget the $268,732 spent on an awards ceremony near Washington, D.C., complete with drumsticks (for drums, not food), and those really cool time temperature picture frames for all government employees in attendance.

Just pull harder folks, so that the elite government bureaucrats can continue to spend.

Besides, there are probably plenty more $2 million interns out there in need of a job.


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The Sound Off Sister was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and special trial attorney for the Department of Justice, Criminal Division; a partner in the Florida law firm of Shutts & Bowen, and an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, School of Law. The Sound Off Sister offers frequent commentary concerning legislation making its way through Congress, including the health reform legislation passed in early 2010.


  1. ABO (Romney/Ryan 2012) on August 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I’m all hunched over and broken down?from dragging the wagon paying more than my fair share and they think money is toilet paper.

  2. TexasDB on August 12, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Wow, not only are interns no longer free, they cost $2 million!? Kid will be debt free when he/she gets out of college though.? But there are going to be some thin resumes out there – how many different ways can you reword your experience as the “Ground Bovine Transportation, Tempering and Reorientation Operations Manager – McDonald’s <insert city name here> Branch Office”?

  3. JBS on August 13, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Good grief!

    Another Obama Regime scandal that will NEVER be reported by the LSM.
    I wonder what connected person got his/her family member or friend’s relative such a cushy internship?
    How long did the internship last?
    Was it a no-show job?

  4. Tim-in-Alabama on August 13, 2012 at 8:25 am

    That’s a well-paying job. Thank you Barack Obama.

  5. stinkfoot on August 13, 2012 at 10:27 am

    While tossing about manipulative class envy rhetoric about millionaires and billionaires pulling their fair share this administration is ensuring that the burden is as heavy as possible.

  6. Murphy on August 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Did anyone actually say the intern got paid…… government overhead for a non paid intern could have easily came to $2 million

    • stinkfoot on August 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      It’s doubtful that much of the money actually found its way into the intern’s pocket as I’m confident that the admini$trative co$t$? ate up the money- by design.? It’s noteworthy that the wording specifies that the $2 million was spent on the intern program and not the intern.? I pointedly wonder how much of the loot found its way into union pockets.

  7. JBS on August 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    The $2 million when into someone’s pocket. They were looking to home-grow an in-house computer tech.
    The audit also revealed Dept of Ag blew a cool $63 million . . . they bought and maintained equipment they never used . . . redundant programs . . . wash, rinse, repeat . . . where did the money go?
    As Sgt. Schultz said: “I hear nothing, I see nothing, I know nothing!”

  8. RoBrDona on August 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Truly astounding. From the people that are desperately trying to prop up the ethanol debacle in a year where the corn crop will be coming in at a 20+ year-low due to drought.?

  9. Brenden 2 on August 14, 2012 at 11:40 am

    This is nothing compare to the Waste and abuse at the NOAA

  10. Brutus on August 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Regulating agriculture is not an enumerated power granted to Congress in Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution and is therefore a power reserved to the states or to people per the 10th Amendment. The? Department of Agriculture is unconstitutional on the federal level and must be abolished.


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