Opening Night on the Taxpayer’s Dime

Review: The Traveling Government Global Warming Play
Polar bear

The play has a fitting name, in a sense: The Great Immensity. The great, extremely large waste of taxpayer money to bring “Global Warming: the musical” to the stage.

The Dora Diet

Feds spending $750,000 to study how kid cartoons contribute to obesity
Dora the Explorer

The federal government is worried Dora the Explorer is contributing to childhood obesity.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded two grants totaling $750,000 to find out if cartoon characters are making children overweight and whether researchers can hone the marketing power of characters to sway kids’ eating habits.

IRS Wasted $11.6 Million of Computer Software

TIGTA: ‘Software license management at the IRS is not being adequately performed’
AP

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) bought $11.6 million worth of computer software the agency never used, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

SSA Wasting Millions in Vacant Office Space

Agency spends $5,698,466 to rent buildings that are half full
Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is wasting over $6 million annually in unused office space, according to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

DOE Contractor’s Husband Bills Taxpayers for Opera Visit

Contractor failed to disclose conflict of interest as spouse won DOE contract
A performance at the Santa Fe Opera / AP

The Department of Energy awarded a sole-source contract to a senior DOE official’s husband, who did not disclose the conflict of interest and billed taxpayers for time spent at the opera, according to agency watchdogs.