The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) spent $12,500 to translate a Spanish novel on “homophobia,” which “examines heterosexual privilege and queer resilience.”
Funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)—which is due to expire at the end of this week unless an agreement in Washington is reached—has continued to rise under President Barack Obama. His administration claims the agency’s increased funding is necessary to protect the homeland, but records show the DHS has continued to increase its spending on furniture and office makeovers as its budget has been increased.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) subsidized over 100,000 apartments for tenants who do not meet work or community service requirements, costing taxpayers at least $37 million.
Despite billions spent in investments over decades, solar energy will only make up 0.6 percent of total electricity generation in the United States, according to a report released by the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA).
“I kind of pictured it more sophisticated,” a woman said, sitting at what looked like a crafts table in a Kindergarten class.
Kids scissors and glue sticks were spread about. It was only the paper cut outs of swords, cowboys, roses, and magical castles that gave away that this was an exhibit for women to design their own cover for a romance novel.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is spending nearly $400,000 to build a website for kids to learn how to be safe with their pet dogs.
The government tasked the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) with creating “A Website to Teach Children Safety with Dogs,” which will then be tested on four to six-year-olds.
Washington River Protection Solutions is working on a $7.4 billion environmental remediation contract for the Department of Energy (DOE). However, as is the case with at least 40 other DOE contracts worth more than $90 billion, taxpayers have no idea if the money is being properly spent.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is spending nearly $400,000 to study whether children will talk to robots about bullying.
The project follows previous research that sought to determine whether children would tell secrets to robots, which cost taxpayers $700,000.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) spent $27,500 providing subsidies to its employees who bike to work as part of an effort to reduce the agency’s carbon footprint.
“Origami condom” inventor Daniel Resnic has said that he must pay back taxpayer funds to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Washington Free Beacon has learned.