Wednesday, February 15, 2006

You Can't Make This Stuff Up ...

Let's pretend for a moment that the Department of Defense can defend the $1.1 billion of contracts with public relations, advertising and media firms it paid out from fiscal years 2003 to 2005.

Check out page 56 of the report released Feb. 13 by the Government Accountability Office:

Four defense commissaries -- Dugway, Fort Wainwright, Memphis NAS and Lemoore -- contracted to spend a combined $11,764 to "provide and maintain in-store radio for background music."

Haven't these guys heard of an electronics store? The most expensive radio offered by Best Buy, for example, sells for $249.99.

I'm sure DOD has some tough requirements for "in-store radios," but the price variance among the four commissaries is startling. Dugway spent $730. The other commissaries spent between $2,088 and $5,706! Even taking into consideration size differences at the commissaries, it seems someone didn't do a great job of price shopping.

Maybe if somone had gone to an electronics store, DOD would have had enough money remaining to buy a U.S. soldier in Iraq some decent body armor.


Anonymous Matthew Saroff said...

(snark)Silly Rabbit, that's not for the radio, that's the royalties paid to the RIAA.(/snark)

Really, the RIAA has a guy who goes into stores and tries to shake them down if someone is playing a radio station on their boom box.

My guess is that this is the RIAA ransom money.

2:07 PM  
Anonymous ken grandlund said...

And we thought the days of $200 hammers were behind us...this is the very reason why we need more oversight of government spending, not done by same-agency auditors either, but by unattached taxpaying citizens who have nothing to gain by keeping quiet.

12:53 AM  

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