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WEDNESDAY, SEP 21, 2011  |  6 comments
$16 Muffins Found at U.S. Meetings
U.S. Justice Department agencies spent too much for food at conferences, in one case serving $16 muffins and in another dishing out beef Wellington appetizers that cost $7.32 per serving, an audit found.

“Some conferences featured costly meals, refreshments, and themed breaks that we believe were indicative of wasteful or extravagant spending,” the Justice Department’s inspector general wrote in a report released today.

The inspector general reviewed a sample of 10 Justice Department conferences held between October 2007 and September 2009 at a cost of $4.4 million, a period that included the administrations of Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Barack Obama. The Justice Department spent $73.3 million on conferences in fiscal 2009, compared with $47.8 million a year earlier, according to the report. ...

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News Item9/23/11 6:32 PM
Cup cake  Find all comments by Cup cake
$16 a muffin? Better than the average cell phone bill.

News Item9/23/11 10:58 AM
Kim Kobeck | Memphis,Tn  Find all comments by Kim Kobeck
Wow... If we could sell our muffins to other countries,we would be out of debt in no time.

News Item9/21/11 2:37 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln

$174,000 per year to each Senator and Congressmen

$223,500 Speaker of the House

$193,400 Majority and minority leaders of both chambers and Senate president pro temporare

I assume they have other benefits as well.

Sure make those muffins look low-cost.


News Item9/21/11 1:19 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
John, re the $500 hammers, remember that aside from wrongdoing or incompetence (which nowadays can result in heavy penalties), anyone doing business w/ the military, if they're going to stay in business, has to cover the additional expenses customers impose (inspection, higher-quality materials, red tape, etc.), and if the military buys in small lots besides, the unit costs increase dramatically.

Also remember that anything requiring expensive American union labor, in particular, is going to cost much more than Made in China down at Ace Hardware.


News Item9/21/11 12:04 PM
San Jose John | San Jose, CA  Find all comments by San Jose John
$16 muffins? My first thought was that security and food-tasting fees had skyrocketed because of terror threats, significantly adding to the value of these meats.

But then I remembered the $500.00 hammers and other such overpriced items purchased by government and/or their contractors back in the 1980s to manipulate costs and money requirements of various departments.

Looks like they're still doing it.


News Item9/21/11 11:48 AM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Perhaps they had the standard dilemma common to most bureaucracies, public or private: spend all of this year's money, or risk getting less next year. I propose this solution: give a percentage of the leftover money as a bonus to all personnel in the dept., to give them an incentive to spend less next year.

I like to think this was the outbrief of the Conference of the Office on Violence Against Women: "We oppose it."

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