Government spends $2M on one intern?
Outrageous examples of taxpayer waste
- Duration 3:55
- Date Aug 12, 2012
Outrageous examples of taxpayer waste
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Two million dollars of taxpayer money that's what the department.
Of agriculture two million dollars spent on an internship program that hired less -- -- only one.
Full time in terms so what else has the government wasted your hard earned cash on and is the current administration.
Doing anything to stop it joy -- as president of Citizens Against Government Waste.
Tom -- -- you see a person here in the -- thank you tell us about this this is incredible.
The -- million dollars shrinking in turn.
At the USDA.
So we spent two million dollars and they hired one in turn tell us about that this is part.
Of a 63 million dollar increase over two years to enhance information technology security.
At the Department of Agriculture fairly important task -- the department got the money.
They started sixteen projects that once they didn't prioritize.
And then part of it -- that was -- two million dollars to hire interns to help them fix their security systems and they did.
They had hired credit concern literally want literally one.
And that money was spent that money was spent on the program.
They spend 230000 dollars on another program that duplicated something they were already doing typical.
Give us all this money.
And then we're just gonna is figure out how to spend it and waste Tom do we -- so was fired.
As a result of this so Peter no no one gets fired over this this is the problem with how the whole government is run nobody is it at the top managing how this whole process -- well.
You know this -- become a critical critical issue as we talk about a presidential.
Campaign and fox did a poll.
On this in -- they pose this question do you believe you federal tax money spent more carefully now.
Then five years ago 53%.
Of Americans believe.
Is that what you're seeing in terms of of of your findings.
At these Citizens Against Government Waste.
Which is a nonprofit.
-- foundation that does some good work do you find that.
-- absolutely the senate hasn't passed a budget plan for more than 12100 days if you don't have a plan you cannot manage how the money's being spent.
So everyone is out they are just throwing money around and hoping that it doesn't get wasted rather than watching how it's being spent and keeping track and having oversight.
It's under its important have -- -- -- is it really important now bureaucracies work.
And so we've been digging around say who knows Paul Ryan so we're talking you know Paul Ryan you worked with Paul Ryan.
In the past but what kind of fellow -- and what does he -- Well I knew Paul Ryan when he was a staffer on Capitol Hill very young always very sharp always impressive.
He knows how things should work and when you hear people say as they did earlier on the show -- 170 -- going to be cut.
This is from massive projected increases in spending and people really need to understand to be educated about how the process -- and he's very articulate.
And very good at getting it down to a level people can just appreciate and understand what's going on.
-- Tom when you reveal what you just revealed here and the USDA inspector general reveals.
With that information.
At the federal lol does someone -- a report.
-- to the White House to to Vice President Biden to the budget director to the White House chief of staff.
What happens with that information or to just become another report that's thrown around on the desk.
Well the Office of Inspector General for all agencies issues these audit report right all the time they sit around they look at them they pile them up.
They hold hearings on Capitol Hill they say oh this is a horrible waste of money and -- they don't vote to cut the money off I know -- working on a couple of others very very interesting things so we come back and tells what they are actually tutors for at least some good to see it keep it up or -- --