Monday, June 03, 2013

IRS Wastes $50 Million On Conferences, Including A Lame Star Trek Parody

More controversy re. the IRS.  An audit of the agency that audits taxpayers discovered that the IRS spent approximately $50 million from 2010 to 2012 on perks for employees, including baseball tickets, and over 200 conferences.

A government watchdog's look at the scandal-hit agency's books found that it spent around $50 million on more than 200 conferences for employees between 2010 and 2012, according to the House Oversight Committee. The spending included baseball tickets, $135,000 in fees for 15 outside speakers (among them: $17,000 paid for a talk on "leadership through art"), and videos showing IRS employees taking line-dancing lessons and acting in a Star Trek parody, the AP reports.

The two videos were part of a $4 million conference in Anaheim, California, the Star Trek parody alone cost $60,000 to produce.  They didn't even bother to negotiate lower room rates, and some lucky ones- out of the 2,600 people in attendance- got to stay in $3,500 per night presidential suites.

According to acting IRS chief Daniel Werfel things have changed since then.

Watch the video of those IRS folk learning line-dancing courtesy of taxpayer money.  And the pitiful Star Trek Parody.

Source: Newser

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