22 December 2010

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Know how more than $ 11 Billion was wasted by USA Government – insight into American government waste expenditure funding

Know how the American taxpayer’s money is wasted –
methods to waste taxpayer’s money

Know how more than $ 11 Billion was wasted by USA Government – insight into American government waste expenditure funding

A Report on Wasteful funding by American Government – Waste of taxpayers money.

– It happens in America also –

It is the duty of every politician and law maker in every country to spend the taxpayer’s money using mind, when politicians spend tax payers money without head and intelligence, citizens must understand that they have chosen wrong politician, law maker as their king.

If the law maker is good he will accept and improve him but if he is a bad person he will make excuses, he will give reasons; will bring culture and religion to avoid that original cause.

In India this is very common that politicians spend taxpayer’s money and property without thinking benefit of India, politicians only think about their own son and daughter.

Example of 3rd class politician as follows –
Selling government property with the discount of more than 50% without any compulsory social duty and liability on the purchaser.

Let’s come back how the American politicians also wasted more than 11 billion American dollars on useless things, when American population as well as global population is losing means to earn daily food

Currently American national debt is more than $13.8 trillion.

Following are the expenses, names of projects in which American taxpayers money was wasted in year 2010.

$2 million to showcase neon signs no longer in use at Las Vegas Casinos.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spends $175 million every year to maintain hundreds of buildings it does not use, including a pink, octagonal monkey house in Dayton, Ohio. These buildings are unused, except for the vermin, birds, and insects that use them for shelter.

The city of Shreveport, Louisiana misspent $1.5 million in stimulus funds on mold remediation for a housing complex it was considering for demolition, according to a federal audit.
The audit concluded that Shreveport should return over $1.1 million in misspent federal funds.

Did you ever wonder where the flashy and colorful signs in Las Vegas go when they die?
The city of Las Vegas has received a $5.2 million federal grant to build the Neon Boneyard Park and Museum, including $1.8 million in 2010.
Over the last decade, Museum supporters have gathered and displayed over 150 old Las Vegas neon signs, such as those from the Golden Nugget and Silver Slipper casinos.
With Nevada‘s high unemployment rates, would it be more popular to figure out a better place in the state to spend the money?

Grateful Dead chose a public institution to archive the band‘s memorabilia because the whole idea of it being public and free was important to them, yet taxpayers are paying $615,000 to make the band‘s archives free and public.

A report finds that federal agencies – excluding the Department of Defense (DOD) – spend nearly $1.3 billion a year on office printing of these printing costs, the study identifies $440.4 million a year 34 percent spent on unnecessary printing.
The DOD, alone, spends at least $1.4 billion on printing, copying, and faxing each year.
Using analysis similar to that employed by the previously cited study, DOD spends about $490 million annually in unnecessary printing. Eighty-nine percent of federal employees reported their agencies do not have formal printing policies in place.

In 2008, Professor Bonnie Nardi of the University of California-Irvine received $100,00 from the National Science Foundation to analyze and understand the ways in which players of World of Warcraft, a popular multiplayer game, engage in creative collaboration. Nardi spent countless hours in Beijing cafes and other parts of China studying how Chinese players approach the game. Professor Nardi and her colleagues at UC Irvine have since received an additional $3 million in NSF grant funding from 2008-2011

The U.S. Department of Energy‘s electric bill is $190 million a year and auditors say millions of dollars are wasted on inefficient lighting alone.
According to a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Inspector General (IG) report released in June, the Department [of Energy] could save over $2.2 million in electric utility operating costs annually, equating to the amount of electricity used to power over 3,200 homes per year by turning off the lights and using more efficient technology.

Medicare paid out over $35 million to a vast network of 118 phantom medical clinics, allegedly established by members of a criminal gang to submit phony reimbursement claims.
The clinics never existed anywhere but in paperwork.
Prosecutors say the gang used stolen identities for dozens of doctors and over 2,000 patients to file over $100 million worth of phony claims via these clinics.
Medicare honored over a third of the fake claims, making payments for several months before the ruse was discovered.

It is estimated that the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) loses an estimated $60 billion in taxpayer funds every year to waste, fraud, and abuse.

Poems in Zoos - (AR, IL, LA, WI, & FL) $997,766 - a federal grant program has directed a million dollars from the public coffers to infuse zoos around the United States with snippets of poetry.

Shooting Range Armed with Taxpayer Dollars - (Las Vegas, NV) $15.68 Million the park had $430,000 in revenues, but cost $1.3 million to operate.
We use the park fund to fund the shooting park to the tune of a million, a million and-a-half dollars a year.
At the same time, it's 102, 104 degrees and there's a lock on the gate to the pool

The Internal Revenue Service paid out $112 million in undeserved tax refunds to prisoners who filed fraudulent returns, according to the Treasury Department‘s Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA)

The Government Printing Office (GPO) is using a ―video game space mouse (and nearly $60,000 in taxpayer funds to teach children the history of printing GPO sells the book for $5 a copy, recording an estimated $5.70 loss for every book sold.
The GPO calls that loss a marketing expense, part of its effort to educate the public on its mission.

Big Subsidies, Little Airports - (Atlanta, GA) $2.4 Million The cities of Macon and Athens, Georgia are both less than a 90-minute drive from Atlanta‘s arts field-Jackson International airport.
Despite this, the U.S. Department of Transportation subsidized 26 flights per week to and from each city at a clip of $464 per passenger for Macon and $135 for Athens.
Passengers pay $39 each for a seat on the 50 minute flight.

European Junket - (Vienna, Austria) $465,000
In July, nearly half a million dollars in taxpayer money went to the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, where wine tasting and castle tours were among the events planned for the conference participants.

Internet Dating Study - (Stanford, CA) $239,100 -
The National Science Foundation directed nearly a quarter million dollars to a Stanford University professor‘s study of how Americans use the Internet to find love.
The project surveys over 4,000 Americans on how they met their partners and how long those relationships lasted.

The City of Atlanta recently received $47.6 million in stimulus funding to construct a $72 million, 2.62-mile streetcar project in downtown Atlanta.
The new street car will take passengers from Centennial Olympic Park to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center. Luckily, if passengers do not want to ride on the streetcar, they can also take the existing Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), which covers the same area as the streetcar
all of these public transportation options ignore the fact the route is completely walkable.

Closed Park Receives “Green Improvement” Funds for Unused Building - (Elverta, CA) $440,000 -
A ranch house in a closed park that has been unused for a decade has received $440,000 for green energy upgrades.

Census Super Bowl Commercial Too Ironic to be Understood - (U.S. Census Bureau) $2.5 Million - The $2.5 million spent on the Super Bowl ad as only a small fraction of the $133 million the Census Bureau spent on its entire advertising campaign.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) spent nearly $442,340 million to study the number of male prostitutes in Vietnam and their social setting.

Shrek-Themed Onion Promotion Campaign - (GA) $90,000 -
Other Vidalia-related promotions also received federal funds. The Vidalia Onion Museum and website received $30,000. In total, $20,000 will go toward the Vidalia Onion Museum, which will ―illuminate the sweet onion‘s economic, cultural, and culinary significance by walking guests through various exhibits.
The other $10,000 will pay for the website, which will allow visitors to easily share their love and dedication to the Vidalia Onion Brand.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded over $600,000 to the Minnesota Zoo to create a wolf ―avatar‖ video game called WolfQuest. Demolishing Abandoned Facilities at Non-Existent Lake - (Lake Optima, Hooker, OK) $172, 101

Federal Database to Plan Your Next “Haycation” - (Alsea, OR) $28,934
The Department of Agriculture gave nearly $30,000 to a group of farmers looking to create a tourist-friendly database of farms that host guests for overnight haycations.
Numerous websites already exist to educate would-be agritourists of their farm stay options, including websites for the farms themselves.
A simple Google search for the term farm stay returns more than 300,000 hits.

Federal stimulus funds totaling $150,045 were paid to preserve and resurface an 1860 New Hampshire bridge that does not connect to any roads and ends in an eight-foot drop.
The purpose of the project, which only generated 1.90 jobs, is to better accommodate pedestrians and bicycles.

The FAA spent $5 million to send 3,600 employees to a conference in Atlanta, although whistleblowers and critics say [the conference] was little more than an excuse to throw a three-week-long Christmas party.

“Excess” Stimulus Funds Buy Steel Tube Sculpture - (Eugene, OR) $78,979

Marketing Strategy for Idaho‟s Wine Industry - (Caldwell, ID) $100,000 -
The $100,000 grant will help boost the growth and recognition of Idaho‘s wine industry.
The money comes from the U.S. Economic Development administration.

Hawaiian Cook Book - (HI) $30,501 - Exotic fruits and vegetables, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and taxpayer money: the ingredients for a federally funded cook book.
A Hawaiian agency will create a cookbook that uses Hawaiian specialty crops as ingredients. The cookbook will feature recipes that create flavor and sweet sensation.

Bus Company Gets Competitive Edge with New “Rocket Riders” - (Minneapolis, MN) $2.85 Million - In the case of two bus companies providing shuttle service between Duluth and Minneapolis, one received nearly three million dollars to purchase new busses, and the other did not.
Thus other bus companies suffered loss. And Bus Company is doing business with taxpayer’s money. ―They could have taken the risk themselves, but they relied on the taxpayer to take the risk.

Officials in Cook County, Ill., used $79,000 in federal funds meant to repair and rebuild homes damaged by floods to throw a picnic party at a local zoo for an estimated 2,200 victims of a 2008 flood who had yet to receive help.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) provided a $66,638 grant to Temple University political scientist Kevin Arceneaux to study the influence of political programming in mass media.
He set out to test the claim that cable television shows allow the public to insulate themselves from opposing viewpoints—polarizing the electorate.

At least $8.6 million in federal funds were paid this year for overseas wine and beer promotion. The grants came from the Market Access Program (MAP) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The MAP program distributed $8.3 million to the Wine Institute, the Northwest Wine Promotion Coalition, and the New York Wine and Grape Foundation.
The Brewers Association, Inc, ―an organization of brewers, for brewers and by brewers that focuses on the promotion of craft beer, received a $365,655 federal grant.

The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) paid out $900,000 in confidential, out-of-court settlements to four female plaintiffs who filed sexual harassment suits against its director.

This year Congress spent $28 million to print the rarely used paper versions of the Congressional Record, even though access to this information has been available online for fifteen years.
According to the Government Printing Office (GPO), 4,551 copies of the congressional record are printed daily, many of which go directly to the trash.

Federal funds totaling $50,000 paid for a delegation of 10-15 U.S. mayors to travel to Stockholm, Sweden to attend the inaugural European Green Capital conference.
Once in Sweden, the participants took a 90 minute boat tour of the city and participated in a thematic networking session, among other events.

A Tree Grows In…Cracked Pavement: Transportation Enhancement Grants Used to Plant Flowers Instead of Repairing Highways - (Department of Transportation) $571 Million

Millions To Study Why Americans Voted in the Election - (MI & CA) $2.3 Million

In 2010, Congress approved $500,000 for a pilot program for postcard mailings by senators for the purpose of providing notice of a town meeting by a senator in a county at which the senator will personally attend.

Renovating Pizzeria with New Vertical Garden Entry Way - (Waterloo, IA) $60,000

Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association secured two grants for nearly $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to boost tourist awareness for the wine county.

Office for Retired Speakers of the House of Representatives - $440,955
The Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert receives nearly half-a-million dollars every year from taxpayers for an office he rarely visits

The former city administrator for Bell, California funneled nearly $293,000 in federal funds to companies without using contracts, competitive bidding or gaining City Council approval, according to an audit by California Controller John Chiang.

City Gets Funding for “Slightly Different” Bike Signage - (Portland, OR) $900,000 -
Why have one bike sign when you can have two? Portland, Oregon spent $900,000 in federal stimulus funds on a new bike signage project even though the city already has similar bike signs, which it plans to leave up

Government Printing Office commissioned a new comic book to unfold the history of printing for children – at a cost of $30,000.

Reality views by sm –
Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Source –
Government wasteful funding December 2010
– Senator tom Coburn


Amrit December 22, 2010  

Oh my god. Very detailed and comprehensive. I am impressed. Thanks. It happens in all countries.

Neeha December 22, 2010  

I am not at all interested in this stuff.But your post made it interesting especially the figures..
It happens all over as A mentioned.But thnz 4 sharing.

sm,  December 22, 2010  


dr.antony December 23, 2010  

Wasting money is not synonymous with corruption. Wasting is probably negligence or irresponsibility.Only rich countries can afford to waste.
But in poor countries,much more is stolen.

Corruption takes different styles.One can build a bridge and then steal part of the money,or just say "there was supposed to be a bridge here" and then swallow the whole bridge itself.And corruption in India takes the second style.
First time here,and I liked it.Happy new year

sm,  December 23, 2010  


Insignia December 24, 2010  

Oh! This one is such a comprehensive list. Where do you manage to get these all?

Negligence is what I would say...at least the money goes to something that is unwanted and that unwanted is physically present for all to see..unlike here when a proposed road doesnt come up.

sm,  December 24, 2010