It’s time to announce the 2016 “Spendy” award, bestowed upon the federal agency with the most extensive record of incompetence and contempt for the taxpayer. Bonus points are awarded to agencies performing a function completely absent from the Constitution and better left to the private sector.
Spendy winners are characterized by cabinet secretaries who condescend to attend congressional hearings, where hours are spent detailing the mismanagement, waste, theft, and general uselessness found in their kingdom. After which the secretary looks the committee chairman straight in the eye and blames all his troubles on Russian hackers.
Who was in the running this year? Well, we had last year’s winner the US Dept. of Agriculture and the runner–up Veterans Administration, along with perennial contender, the US Patent & Trademark Office.
Then there was the Pentagon, which is always in a class of its own.
So how did I pick a winner among these unworthies and who was it? You know the drill. Click on the link below and be whisked to my Newsmax Insider column where all will be revealed.
Amazon Prime users know what a great deal the program is for frequent online shoppers, but the civilian benefits pale in comparison to the windfall government workers can reap. Take the US Patent and Trademark Office. It has an “award winning” teleshopping program for both full and part–time patent examiners.
Employees, AKA personal shoppers, can browse from the comfort of their home while still claiming a 40–hour week.
Sure they call it “teleworking” but we know what’s going on. The Commerce Department’s Inspector General does, too. It found employees with the highest number of “unsupported” working hours — can you say Amazon Lightening Deals? — also had the highest number of overtime hours claimed.
How’s that for a cashback bonus?
It’s true these employees may not have been shopping while claiming to work. They might have been watching porn. That’s such a problem among government employees rumor has it when California porn sites shut down to protest a law requiring condoms, productivity in government offices skyrocketed.
We do know whatever these patent examiners were examining during the so–called workday, it usually wasn’t patents.
Sure there was an investigation and you’ll never guess what happened! Only you’ll have to click on the link below to find out. It’s worth it because you’ll also learn what happened when I contacted the investigating office to learn the final outcome.
Once a government agency receives an award for a program, it becomes expensive for taxpayers. An award–winning program is immune to internal criticism and is used to bolster agency supervisors’ case for an annual bonus.
Just think of the disasters that followed Obama’s Nobel Prize.
In this instance the Patent & Trademark office won an award for a telework program that is all tele and little work.
Complete details in my Newsmax column: