Tax­pay­ers buy $16 muffins for Jus­tice Dept.

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY CHUCK NEUBAUER

The Jus­tice Depart­ment and sev­eral of its agen­cies en­gaged in “ex­trav­a­gant and waste­ful” spend­ing on food, bev­er­ages and event plan­ning for law en­force­ment con­fer­ences, in­clud­ing pay­ing $16 each for muffins, $76 per per­son for lunch and more than $8 for a cup of cof­fee, ac­cord­ing to an au­dit re­leased Sept. 20 by the depart­ment’s two Jus­tice Depart­ment agen­cies, the Of­fice of Jus­tice Pro­grams (OJP) and the Of­fice on Vi­o­lence Against Women (OVW), for spend­ing $600,000 in grant funds for event-plan­ning ser­vices for five con­fer­ences with­out demon­strat­ing that the firms of­fered the most cost-ef­fec­tive ser­vices.

The in­quiry specif­i­cally fo­cused on tax­payer ex­pen­di­tures by the Jus­tice Depart­ment at 10 of 1,832

At one con­fer­ence, a work­shop on en­hanc­ing ju­di­cial skills, par­tic­i­pants were ser ved snacks of Cracker Jack, pop­corn and candy dur­ing a break, cost­ing $32 a per­son, and also were pro­vided a “deluxe” ice cream as­sort­ment that cost $10 per per­son. The 166 peo­ple at­tend­ing a sep­a­rate con­fer­ence of U.S. at­tor­neys were fed beef Welling­ton ap­pe­tiz­ers at $7.32 per ser ving.

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