Adam Andrzejewski, the CEO & Founder of government watchdog group OpenTheBooks.com, has some discouraging info on all the wasteful spending government offices perpetrated as their budget years came to an end:
In the final month of the fiscal year, federal agencies scramble to spend what’s left in their annual budgets. Agencies worry that spending a smaller amount than Congress appropriated this year might mean they’ll receive less money next year.
So, rather than admit the department could run efficiently on a smaller budget, federal agencies embark on a shopping spree. This is the “use it or lose it” spending phenomenon – and it happens every year on the taxpayer dime.
Federal agencies used your money to buy fidget spinners.
And CrossFit equipment, and alcohol, and lobster tail, snow crab, and steaks. They purchased $300 million in passenger vehicles, and $500 million in public relations, marketing, and advertising…
The list goes on and on.
In this year-end spending spree, federal agencies signed nearly 510,000 contracts, purchasing a huge range of products and services.
Consider just a few examples:
Nearly $500 million worth of new furniture including a Wexford leather club chair for almost $10,000.
A $12,000 foosball table, $50,000 on skis and ski poles, and $1.7 million on tubas and trombones.
$5 Million on Crab and Lobster – As the fiscal year wrapped up, federal agencies celebrated by splurging on luxury food items. The Department of Defense spent $2.3 million on snow crab, Alaskan king crab, and crab legs and claws, plus another $2.3 million on lobster tail. Additionally, agencies spent nearly $300,000 on steak (ribeye, top sirloin, and flank).
A stockpile of guns and ammunition costing $800 million, with purchases at regulatory agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA).
These examples are just the tip of the iceberg.
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