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(CNN)   "I'll never be under OIG investigation." he sang in a video that most assuredly invokes the response "O Rly?"   (cnn.com ) divider line
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1407 clicks; posted to Business » on 06 Apr 2012 at 2:10 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-04-06 11:05:10 AM  
that was...unwise.
 
2012-04-06 11:41:09 AM  

Weaver95: that was...unwise.


He has chosen...poorly.

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2012-04-06 11:52:34 AM  
I like the fact that the outrage is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Damn that fraction of a fraction of a fraction of one percent!
 
2012-04-06 12:01:14 PM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: I like the fact that the outrage is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Damn that fraction of a fraction of a fraction of one percent!


Which is, most likely, the tip of the iceberg.

This sh*t has to stop.
 
2012-04-06 12:30:53 PM  
I was hoping the video was made recently as a whistle-blower attempt. But, made in 2010? An won an internal contest?

Oh yea, that was a big thumbing of the nose at the government. Too bad there will only be a couple sacrificial lambs publicly castrated and the rest of this will be swept under the rug.
 
2012-04-06 12:36:35 PM  
In other news, there may be some cushy job openings in the General Services Administration.

/get your resumes in......
 
2012-04-06 01:00:06 PM  
Just curious, what does he mean by "Donate my vacation, love to the nation"?

Is he saying he gave up his vacation?
 
2012-04-06 01:33:55 PM  
Countdown to "why didn't Obama know about this and stop it" rants, said in all seriousness, starts now.
 
2012-04-06 01:52:13 PM  
I don't get this. How did they ever get away with this?

My agency has budget cuts, travel restrictions, limits on award money (we're a merit based system, not the automatic GS pay raise thing), and all that is before budget cutting. Folks love us when we find terrorists, hate us when they find out we're on the federal payroll.

Yet the GSA can do that?
 
2012-04-06 02:12:06 PM  

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Countdown to "why didn't Obama know about this and stop it" rants, said in all seriousness, starts now.


Well, duh, this dude was in Hawaii. According to his "birth certificate" B. Hussein was born in Hawaii, so of course he should have known. It's his home state after all, right? RIGHT???
 
2012-04-06 02:19:10 PM  

edmo: I don't get this. How did they ever get away with this?

My agency has budget cuts, travel restrictions, limits on award money (we're a merit based system, not the automatic GS pay raise thing), and all that is before budget cutting. Folks love us when we find terrorists, hate us when they find out we're on the federal payroll.

Yet the GSA can do that?


Who watches the watchdogs? There is probably a general assumption that the admin folks/budget-watchers are, by nature, a stingy lot and probably follow their own rules. However, they're also the ones who know the rules and are in a much better position to game them.

And I'm sure there are hundreds of young Wall Street hotshots watching this and saying "poor-ass amateurs".
 
2012-04-06 02:20:23 PM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: I like the fact that the outrage is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Damn that fraction of a fraction of a fraction of one percent!


The sums may be small, but it's a matter of establishing a culture of responsibility. Which is supposed to be one of the missions of the GSA.
 
2012-04-06 02:26:09 PM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: I like the fact that the outrage is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Damn that fraction of a fraction of a fraction of one percent!


When you start to look at government waste and say, "Meh, it's just a million dollars here and a million dollars over there, it's not a big deal," that's really a part of the problem.

If you add up all the tiny little sums of money that get wasted during the annual operation of our federal government, it starts to add up to big money.
 
2012-04-06 02:42:50 PM  

Dog Welder: Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: I like the fact that the outrage is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Damn that fraction of a fraction of a fraction of one percent!

When you start to look at government waste and say, "Meh, it's just a million dollars here and a million dollars over there, it's not a big deal," that's really a part of the problem.

If you add up all the tiny little sums of money that get wasted during the annual operation of our federal government, it starts to add up to big money.


Or you can just look at huge shiat piles like the DoD and see the big money being wasted right in front of you.
 
2012-04-06 02:49:34 PM  

yelmrog: Or you can just look at huge shiat piles like the DoD and see the big money being wasted right in front of you.


$12,000,000,000 for one huge target aircraft carrier isn't waste... it's an investment!
 
2012-04-06 03:00:03 PM  
If you really want to see egregious waste, start looking into defense contracting companies.
 
2012-04-06 03:41:09 PM  

Arkanaut: Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: I like the fact that the outrage is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Damn that fraction of a fraction of a fraction of one percent!

The sums may be small, but it's a matter of establishing a culture of responsibility. Which is supposed to be one of the missions of the GSA.


I lol'd. Thanks for playing!
 
2012-04-06 03:50:01 PM  

The Onanist: Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: I like the fact that the outrage is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Damn that fraction of a fraction of a fraction of one percent!

Which is, most likely, the tip of the iceberg.

This sh*t has to stop.


Eh. They lost HOW much more of that in CASH in Iraq? Not just wasteful spending, but outright missing pallets of cash? If the American people weren't willing to freak out over that, I doubt this will due it.
 
2012-04-06 04:13:01 PM  

Satanic_Hamster: The Onanist: Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: I like the fact that the outrage is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Damn that fraction of a fraction of a fraction of one percent!

Which is, most likely, the tip of the iceberg.

This sh*t has to stop.

Eh. They lost HOW much more of that in CASH in Iraq? Not just wasteful spending, but outright missing pallets of cash? If the American people weren't willing to freak out over that, I doubt this will due it.


Actually, they might be more outraged for that very reason. Something about people not being able to truly process numbers over a certain level. $200,000 is a lot easier for people to get their heads around than, say, $12,000,000,000.
 
2012-04-06 04:15:00 PM  

timujin: Satanic_Hamster: The Onanist: Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: I like the fact that the outrage is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Damn that fraction of a fraction of a fraction of one percent!

Which is, most likely, the tip of the iceberg.

This sh*t has to stop.

Eh. They lost HOW much more of that in CASH in Iraq? Not just wasteful spending, but outright missing pallets of cash? If the American people weren't willing to freak out over that, I doubt this will due it.

Actually, they might be more outraged for that very reason. Something about people not being able to truly process numbers over a certain level. $200,000 is a lot easier for people to get their heads around than, say, $12,000,000,000.


also, if you're willing to believe this^, nearly all of it has now been accounted for.
 
2012-04-06 04:35:11 PM  

edmo: I don't get this. How did they ever get away with this?

My agency has budget cuts, travel restrictions, limits on award money (we're a merit based system, not the automatic GS pay raise thing), and all that is before budget cutting. Folks love us when we find terrorists, hate us when they find out we're on the federal payroll.

Yet the GSA can do that?


Likewise. If I need to use our Federal purchase card for anything, be it ever so small, I still need approval and documentation six ways from Sunday.

This guy is a colossal dumbass. Why did he think that he wouldn't get caught? That's what the OIG does, Oppenheimer. Any purchase for that much money is going to get flagged for review even if it's perfectly legitimate.
 
2012-04-06 06:08:01 PM  

Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: edmo: I don't get this. How did they ever get away with this?

My agency has budget cuts, travel restrictions, limits on award money (we're a merit based system, not the automatic GS pay raise thing), and all that is before budget cutting. Folks love us when we find terrorists, hate us when they find out we're on the federal payroll.

Yet the GSA can do that?

Likewise. If I need to use our Federal purchase card for anything, be it ever so small, I still need approval and documentation six ways from Sunday.

This guy is a colossal dumbass. Why did he think that he wouldn't get caught? That's what the OIG does, Oppenheimer. Any purchase for that much money is going to get flagged for review even if it's perfectly legitimate.


A lot of it depends.

Did he write the script on government computers?
Did you use government video equipment?
Did he edit it on government equipment?
Did he shoot it on government time or did he shoot at lunch or make up the time later?

If he did none of these then he is clear.

I am going to bet he used less time that someone at the OIG surfing the Internet and FARK.

So, Drew, how many hit from OIG hit here everyday?

BTW
 
2012-04-07 01:03:54 AM  

edmo: I don't get this. How did they ever get away with this?

My agency has budget cuts, travel restrictions, limits on award money (we're a merit based system, not the automatic GS pay raise thing), and all that is before budget cutting. Folks love us when we find terrorists, hate us when they find out we're on the federal payroll.

Yet the GSA can do that?


It turns out, to their great surprise, that no, they really can't do it and get away with it. Your agency could probably do it, too, but with similar consequences.

It occurs to me that when people talk about having government run like a business, they frequently have no idea how businesses are run. I mean, this sort of thing is pretty common in the private sector, particularly in direct sales. Remember when AIG had their bash and people were so upset over it? That's what the financial world is like, hell that is what professional sales is like. You fete the best and brightest, give them all sorts of swag at some fancy conference center at a brand name location. Granted, generally that's sales people and not purchasing agents but I've seen promotional videos from the insurance world (haven't qualified for a trip yet myself) and they put this to shame. It sounds like Congress isn't amused by this, but it doesn't sound unusual or out of place for this to have happened in the way it did. I guess the major thing to take away from it is that Americans expect their government to be humorless and absolutely no fun to work for, and to NOT take cues from the private sector on how to motivate people.
 
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