Has Government Ever Heard of Teleconferencing Instead of Expensive Conferences

DHS Spent Millions on Conferences It Didn’t Report     Government Executive Eric Katz July 14, 2017 DHS OIG HIGHLIGHTS OIG-17-94 Audit of Department of Homeland Security’s Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015 Conference Spending July 10, 2017 What We Found DHS did not comply with the reporting of annual conferences as required by Federal regulations. The Department failed to report 6 conferences in FY 2014 and 14 conferences in FY 2015 that were greater than $100,000 in its Annual Report to the Office of Inspector General and on the public website as required by Federal regulations. The total dollar value of these unreported … Continue reading

HR 6278 – Promote Accountability and Government Efficiency Act

  At-Will Employment, Workforce Cuts and Other Bills From Congress’ First Week Government Executive Eric Katz January 6, 2016 Lawmakers have wasted no time introducing measures to overhaul the civil service and adjust the size of the federal workforce, putting forward several pieces of legislation in the first week of the 115th Congress to make wide-ranging reforms. Perhaps most notably, Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., laid out his plan to reintroduce the Promote Accountability and Government Efficiency Act to turn all new federal workers into at-will employees. First presented in October during the last session of Congress, the measure would strip … Continue reading

From The “GEE, NO SHIT” File For May 27 2015

Whenever liberals, leftists, and other assorted morons tell you what a bang-up job the rogue EPA is doing, point them to THIS article. Multiply that across the whole of the feral government, you can PLAINLY see why we are in an economic shit hole. Time to STARVE this beast. From Anthony Watts at wattsupwiththat.com   ‘[EPA] regulations in the study are less likely to have economic benefits in excess of their costs.’ Anthony Watts /  May 26, 2015 From Indiana University: Researchers say anti-pollution rules have uncertain effects BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Air pollution regulations issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection … Continue reading

Wasteful Government Spending – Stupid College Grants

From Washington Free Beacon: The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is spending $29,403 to study the “toxic rhetoric” of online video gamers. The grant is part of $22.8 million in new funding the agency announced Monday, which also includes $33,000 to create a college course on “whether peace is possible.” The video game initiative, entitled, “Notoriously Toxic: Understanding the Language and Costs of Hate and Harassment in Online Games” is being conducted by the Georgia State University Research Foundation. The project is described as a “cross-disciplinary workshop and follow-up activities to develop a set of essays and a metadata … Continue reading

Wasteful Government Spending – Frequent Flyers

From Washington Examiner: HHS execs doing good and living large, flying first class around the world   Helping America’s poor, aged and sick is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ reason for being, but hundreds of its top officials are traveling in style and luxury at taxpayer expense. Records obtained by the Washington Examiner under the Freedom of Information Act show that HHS executives spent $31 million taking 7,000 first class and business class flights between 2009 and 2013, including 253 trips for which a one-way ticket cost more than $15,000. Half the records listed the price of … Continue reading

Wasteful Government Spending

  Every year Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) releases his government wastebook, but this year looks to be his last as he is stepping down due to health reasons after the current session of Congress . In spite of Nancy Pelosi saying ‘the cupboard is bare – there are no more cuts to make’, Coburn lists 100 examples of government waste. Here are seven of them that are absolutely ludicrous. ~ Swedish massages for rabbits ($387,000): The National Institutes of Health paid for a two-year study that involved giving rabbits daily post-exercise rub downs from a “mechanical device that simulates the long, flowing strokes … Continue reading

Why the NIH Doesn’t Have Money for a Vaccine

From TPNN: As the world anxiously eyes the Ebola crisis and wonders if it is yet time to panic, Democrats have crusaded to try and not let the crisis go to waste by trying to create a correlation between Republican efforts to rein in unsustainable and out-of-control government spending and the absence of an Ebola vaccine or other prophylactic measures. In an astonishing new report from The Washington Free Beacon, it seems that our government’s priorities have been out-of-whack for some time. While Ebola loomed, our government spent money that could be used to develop an Ebola vaccine to develop … Continue reading

DHS Overspent $4.6 M on Oversized BP Homes

From The Washington Times: The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency spent $4.6 million too much for housing, a watchdog said Thursday, possibly pricing its own agents out of homes built for their use. CBP decided it needed more places for its agents to stay while they worked in remote areas along the troubled border, so it decided to construct 21 houses in Ajo, Arizona, a small town located next to a national wildlife refuge, the Homeland Security inspector general said in a new audit. But instead of building the one-bedroom apartment-style houses recommended for agents on assignment, CBP instead built … Continue reading

State Department Wants $400K for Camel Sculpture in Pakistan

From the Washington Times The State Department wants to plunk down $400,000 in taxpayer money for a camel sculpture at the new U.S. Embassy being built in Islamabad, Pakistan, according to a report Monday. “Camel Contemplating Needle,” created by American artist John Baldessari, depicts a 500-pound white camel made of fiberglass staring at the eye of an oversized needle, Buzzfeed first reported. Officials explained the decision to purchase the sculpture in a four-page document justifying a “sole source” procurement. “This artist’s product is uniquely qualified,” the document states. “Public art which will be presented in the new embassy should reflect … Continue reading

Wasteful Government Spending – Head Start, Perverts in Peru and World Travel

Head Start Spending $4.8 Million for ‘Customer Service’ The Washington Free Beacon reports that HHS awarded the Head Start program nearly $5 million for “customer service” on Wednesday. The program, which recently received a $1 billion increase in funding from the omnibus budget deal, will have a small business facilitate administrative services for one year, beginning on Feb. 1. FM Talent Source, which provides business consulting and recruitment services for government agencies and companies, will provide “administrative support” for the Office of Head Start Director’s Senior Management Team, at a cost of $4,820,078.40. Services will include “scheduling appointments, preparing travel arrangements, arranging … Continue reading

A Few Tidbits in the Omnibus Bill

From Canada Free Press: WARNING: PORK ALERT !! Apparently things like vice presidential entertainment, wild horse adoption and the future State Elections Commission of Puerto Rico are crucial items since Nancy told us ‘there’s nothing left to cut’ and the ‘cupboard is bare’. Here are just a few tidbits from the bill that, by the way, exceeded the cap by $45 billion. Pg. 18: $54,000,000 For Government Employees To Combat Wood And Tree Pests: Under the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the bill provides $54 million in salaries “for tree and wood pests.” (For $54 million, I’ll do it by myself.) Pg. 125: … Continue reading

Here Is Something YOU Do Not Know.

Neither did I, and I have two large Golden Retrievers. After reading this yesterday, I decided to undertake my OWN “research”. ZERO taxpayer funds were spent on THIS study, unlike THIS one. From The Daily Caller.com   BREAKING: Scientists say dogs align along earth’s north-south axis when  pooping. 2:10 AM  01/04/2014  Eric Owens  Education Reporter Now THAT is a GOOD DOG. However, given the orientation of the magazine, and the pooch’s position thereupon, we can deduce the cur was NOT aligned on the north to south axis. Here are the guys, and a pal. Watching the three yesterday, while at … Continue reading

Wasteful Government Spending – Strawberries, Isms & Indoor Air

From CNSNews: Strawberry Fields Forever The U.S. Department of Agriculture  (USDA) has given an award of $1,123,463 to the University of California, Davis to develop “relatively small, inexpensive robots” to aid in harvesting strawberries. The announcement was made in late October as part of a series of USDA awards “to spur the development and use of robots in American agriculture production,” according to a USDA press release. Dr. Stavros Vougioukas, Assistant Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at UC Davis, tells CNSNews.com that the robots are referred to as “FRAIL-bots”, short for Fragile Crop Harvest-Aiding Mobile Robots. “It is a … Continue reading

It Would Be Nice To See THIS Happen.

The wind power industry has been the beneficiary of MASSIVE amounts of taxpayer subsidies that have next to ZERO benefit to the nation. Time to put it on the scrap heap of history. Since we have gutless wonders in the House, don’t hold your breath. From The Daily Caller.com   102 conservative groups target wind power subsidies. 4:37 PM  11/05/2013  by Michael Bastasch Federally-subsidized BIRD SLAUGHTER. About ALL we have to show for this boondoggle. WHERE is The Audubon Society???? Damn bird-killers belong HERE, along WITH the federal subsidies, and those who SUPPORT such nonsense. A coalition of 102 conservative … Continue reading

Another “Obama Green Car Success” Story.

Long-time readers of hardnox and friends have read several articles I have put out about the way the “green car” craze that has the environmentalists all wet, and have absolutely SOAKED the taxpayers. This one is the WORST of the bunch.  This article shines another previously unknown, and troubling, light on. From The Daily Caller.com   Chinese investors again benefit from U.S. green energy loans. 9:14 AM  10/20/2013   Michael Bastasch YET ANOTHER monument to stupidity, funded by the beleaguered U.S. Taxpayer.   WHY this asshole isn’t in the cell next to Bernie-Madoff-With -The-Cash is beyond me.   THESE unindicted criminals should be … Continue reading

Wasteful Government Spending – Grants and Studies

  Within our mammoth sized government with its myriad of agencies and departments, are endless examples of wasteful spending. Here are just two that caught my attention today. Feds Studying How to Use Twitter For ‘Depression Surveillance’ The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) began a study financed by the National Institutes of Health last month that will provide “population level depression monitoring” through the social media site. The project, “Utilizing Social Media as a Resource for Mental Health Surveillance,” is costing taxpayers $82,800. While Twitter has been used by government agencies, such as the Secret Service and Department of … Continue reading