We know that the federal government is burgeoning with wasteful spending. Over the years we’ve seen government money used for studying fruitflies, earthworms, tree moss and one of my favorites was how to best remove bottle tops. However, if I was to give an award for more current useless government wasteful spending is a study conducted by the Pentagon.
In 2010, the Pentagon reported that they were inundated with countless studies of all kinds of things. In an effort to gain more knowledge and control over all of the studies, Defense Secretary Robert Gates asked the Pentagon to launch a study to study the studies to determine how much they were costing them to conduct them all.
Two years after the Pentagon launched their study of studies, Congress learned that the project was still ongoing so they asked the General Accounting Office to review the Pentagon’s results. The GAO discovered that the Pentagon’s study of studies had only managed to review nine studies. When the GAO asked to see copies of the reviews, the Pentagon could only locate three of the nine study reviews. Of the reviews the GAO were able to obtain, they determined that they were poorly conducted and left out a number of important cost factors such as manpower involved.
So taxpayer dollars were used to pay for a study of studies that was poorly conducted and two-thirds of the results are missing. Then we also paid for a study that studied the study of studies which only tells that the study of studies was a huge waste of taxpayer dollars.