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$16 muffins? DOJ cited for excessive spending

September 20, 2011 12:36 PM


WASHINGTON - Muffins: $16 apiece. Coffee: more than a dollar an ounce. Snacks: $32 per person.

A report issued Tuesday by the Justice Department's inspector general found excessive spending on food and beverages in an audit of 10 department conferences.

Justice spent about $490,000 on food and beverages at the conferences — more than 10 percent of the $4.4 million total cost of the events.

In response, the Justice Department concurred with the IG's recommendations to more closely monitor costs.

The department hosted or participated in 1,832 conferences in 2008 and 2009, costing $121 million.

The IG's report said that at a Washington, D.C., legal conference, the department spent $4,200 on 250 muffins — or more than $16 apiece.


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Those Evil Muffin Contractors

I wonder how much they charge to ship muffins to the troops in Afghanistan? It really is going to get ugly in the USA when economic natural law puts an end to all this nonsense.

Providing services to the gov't is expensive

Just think of the all the payoffs and bribes which must be baked into the costs. It adds up.