The government is wasteful – that’s no secret. It’s one of the reasons we elected Trump. And this might be one of the biggest examples of waste yet.
Businessmen know where to cut costs, and they’re willing to make the hard decisions to get there. And, most of the time, they are hard decisions – someone is going to have to be fired. Or some beloved service is going to need to be cut.
But $32 million wasted on conferences? That’s…that’s a no-brainer. Some decisions are easy.
The Free Beacon reports:
The Social Security Administration billed taxpayers $32 million for work conferences, according to a new audit.
The inspector general for the agency reported that just over 300 conferences cost taxpayers roughly $100,000 each in travel, meals, and lodging expenses during a three-year period.
Each conference cost an average of $100,630.
300 conferences, at one hundred grand a pop. Let that sink in.
The conferences, in and of themselves, were necessary. But it’s not the conference that’s the problem – it’s the extra stuff added to it.
The majority of the SSA’s conferences that cost over $100,000 in 2016 were for training for administrative law judges and other training.
In 2012 the General Services Administration was exposed for billing taxpayers over $800,000 for a lavish conference in Las Vegas that included clowns, mind readers, and hot tub parties.
Of course. Because nothing says ‘properly trained’ like a Vegas hot tub party.
Or, to make the situation worse, ‘guest speakers.’ Because nothing says ‘we’re not corrupt’ like paying a Hillary-style fee to a celebrity for a few paragraphs of groupthink.
The SSA also paid for guest speakers, totaling $2.4 million over a four-year period.
“Conferences with guest speaker expenses ranged from $2,500 to about $255,000,” the inspector general said.
The good news here is that all this information was reported during an audit of the administration. This isn’t information some reporter is discovering after an undercover investigation – this is stuff found out while working towards fixing the problem.
But $32 million is a pretty big problem.
Good luck, Donald. You’re going to need it.
Source: Free Beacon