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2013-11-06 09:09:55 AM  
custom boxes with lamb-wool blankets at a cost of $149 per set

Look, sometimes even U.S. Marshals need to snuggle up on a cold winter day. What I want to know is how much was spent on chamomile tea and trashy romance novels.
 
2013-11-06 09:19:26 AM  
i.dailymail.co.uk
 
2013-11-06 10:09:07 AM  
Son - you disappoint

i.telegraph.co.uk
 
2013-11-06 10:09:55 AM  
27.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-11-06 10:10:44 AM  
YOLO?  YODO.
 
2013-11-06 10:10:44 AM  
i38.tinypic.com
 
2013-11-06 10:11:05 AM  
Fallout money is a biatch to spend
 
2013-11-06 10:11:40 AM  
Call me when a government agency stays within their budget, or spends frugally.
 
2013-11-06 10:14:18 AM  

Random Anonymous Blackmail: Call me when a government agency stays within their budget, or spends frugally.


This. I could hardly get mad at this.
 
2013-11-06 10:24:19 AM  
i44.tinypic.com
 
2013-11-06 10:27:00 AM  
Big deal. Like any government agency they have to spend all the money in their budget or they won't get the same allocation for next year. Nothing new.
 
2013-11-06 10:28:48 AM  
Not a big deal.   We have an unlimited debt system now.

Trinkets and trappings are built in to the budget that we don't have to follow.
 
2013-11-06 10:33:05 AM  
I can see both sides of this.  No doubt, their spending was excessive, but at some point some of that stuff just makes for a better work place environment, like the recognition trinkets.

I work for a government, we pay out of our own pockets for our Employee of the Quarter Plaque. We pay out of our own pocket for a get well card when one of our employees is on leave to treat their cancer.  We pay for our own end of the year party, etc.

That sort of thing would be viewed as ridiculous at any private company.  But when you work for government, nobody wants their tax money spent to make sure the employees aren't miserable or feel even the slightest bit of appreciation.  In fact, many, like the Tea Party Morons, prefer it.
 
2013-11-06 10:34:19 AM  
All you need is a hat . . . $145.


img.fark.net
 
2013-11-06 10:44:43 AM  

maxx2112: All you need is a hat . . . $145.


[img.fark.net image 600x338]


And a good pair of boots. And apparently, lots of jeans and sport jackets.
 
2013-11-06 10:45:38 AM  

cig-mkr: Like any government agency they have to spend all the money in their budget or they won't get the same allocation for next year. Nothing new.


I hear people say this all the time, (especially ex-military guys, so maybe they achuarry are given blank checks) but that's not how any budget process I've experienced works.

We have to submit our projected costs about a year in advance based on the actual projected cost of the projects we want to complete. The only way there would be  money not spent is if we didn't do a project or something came in under budget. But it's not like we can spend that money on something else. If you aren't spending the money for what was requested in advance it basically doesn't exist; there is no "extra.".
 
2013-11-06 10:45:46 AM  
I have never seen much employee appreciation for most of that kind of crap; it always makes me wonder if someone up the line is too friendly with the vendors selling it to their agency.

I buy my own trophies and awards anyway.
 
2013-11-06 10:47:03 AM  
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-11-06 10:51:28 AM  
I have a hard time taking this article seriously. It reads like it's from the Onion.....
 
2013-11-06 11:04:16 AM  
www.heartsandlaserbeams.com

Joanna: You know what, Stan, if you want me to wear 37 pieces of flair, like your pretty boy over there, Brian, why don't you just make the minimum 37 pieces of flair?

Stan, Chotchkie's Manager: Well, I thought I remembered you saying that you wanted to express yourself.

Joanna: Yeah. You know what, yeah, I do. I do want to express myself, okay. And I don't need 37 pieces of flair to do it.

[flips off Stan]
 
2013-11-06 11:23:41 AM  
From TFA: ...from 2005 through 2010. All told, the investigative-operations unit spent nearly $800,000 on promotional items during that period


So they spent $133,333 on this stuff each year.

This is an agency with a 2012 budget of 1,189,000,000


So 11/100ths of 1 percent of their budget is spent on employee morale boosting rewards and inter-agency relations.

www.outsidethebeltway.com
 
2013-11-06 11:39:22 AM  

manimal2878: cig-mkr: Like any government agency they have to spend all the money in their budget or they won't get the same allocation for next year. Nothing new.

I hear people say this all the time, (especially ex-military guys, so maybe they achuarry are given blank checks) but that's not how any budget process I've experienced works.

We have to submit our projected costs about a year in advance based on the actual projected cost of the projects we want to complete. The only way there would be  money not spent is if we didn't do a project or something came in under budget. But it's not like we can spend that money on something else. If you aren't spending the money for what was requested in advance it basically doesn't exist; there is no "extra.".


It has to do with money budgeted for a category of items.

Say this year I was budgeted for $XX for "Uniforms" for the staff. Towards the end of the year if we were lucky and didn't have to replace times, or make any changes, we would have "extra" money left over.

We don't get to roll it over to the next year, and chances are our "uniform" line will be decreased by that amount next year. You want to avoid this happening because that is the amount that you forecasted you'll need, and you don't want to lose it just because you got lucky this year and happened to not need it.

So at the end of the year, with a "use it or lose it" deadline, the money is spent. In my "uniform" example, it could be put into purchasing a second set of boots for everyone, or new jackets with embroidered names on them, etc.

It's a win-win. The money is already "spent" on such items so it could be considered foolish to just hand it back, and it increases moral and/or pads supplies so there's more room for unforeseen events in the future. (If everyone has a second pair of boots, then I won't have to spend money unforeseen in the future to replace a pair that gets destroyed on the job.)

At least, that's been my experience.
 
2013-11-06 11:59:47 AM  
Where I work, we get "awards" printed on paper.  They usually use colored ink, so that's nice.
 
2013-11-06 12:03:40 PM  

jayphat: maxx2112: All you need is a hat . . . $145.


[img.fark.net image 600x338]

And a good pair of boots. And apparently, lots of jeans and sport jackets.


www.ticklethewire.com
Denim jackets will do too.
 
2013-11-06 12:10:15 PM  

cdcharles1973: jayphat: maxx2112: All you need is a hat . . . $145.


[img.fark.net image 600x338]

And a good pair of boots. And apparently, lots of jeans and sport jackets.

[www.ticklethewire.com image 470x314]
Denim jackets will do too.


fierofredo.files.wordpress.com

Bullets cost money too......
 
2013-11-06 12:13:27 PM  
images2.wikia.nocookie.net
YOLO underestimated Bob at his own peril.
 
2013-11-06 12:38:55 PM  
The only swag this US Marshall needs is your cold, dead body - criminal scum.

i431.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-06 12:55:20 PM  
i1015.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-06 12:58:38 PM  
and custom boxes with lamb-wool blankets

Isn't this normal? Where does everyone else get their wool from? If I remember correctly, those itchy-ass army blankets can be had for 15 bucks or so.
 
2013-11-06 01:02:28 PM  
Can I be put in charge of the next round of budget cuts, please?

As a former service member, the DoD would hate me. Good-Bye $400million dollar planes, and bloated R&D programs. If you think you have a good weapon, build it your own damned self, maybe we'll buy it from you. Good-bye foreign military base welfare Germany, Italy, UK, Japan, and the rest of you. Bang, $600 billion saved, each and every year.

National elections for the new head of the now nationalized Federal Reserve.

Full repayment, with accrued interest and fees, from the IMF.

"While we have enjoyed hosting the United Nations, we feel that the American public must share this joy with the rest of the world. That is why we are accepting the fact that the UN is leaving for 'nation to be named later', and we wish them the best of luck." Boy, will the UN be surprised.

Biometric ID for ALL Govt. employees, and that includes anyone who gets a dime from the Treasury. Good-bye Welfare, Medicaid/care, USDA Farm. IRS, and Social Security fraud.

No elected official shall receive pay and allowances that exceed the poverty level of their district.

No Federal payments to state agencies. None. Nope, not even that one, or that one either.

Federal Sales Tax will replace the income tax. 5% on EVERYTHING, but food. No other deductions shall apply. Plus an extra 1% kicker on all financial transactions, including share churning, until the US public is paid back for TARP.

No set agency budgets. They can submit the expenses once a month, and fight for reimbursement from a panel of Stay at Home parents, who will be unpaid, and chosen at random, just to make them mad as hell.

No more Student Loans, but all State funded schools will henceforth be free. Private schools may charge what they want.

No more money for personal medical programs, but all State funded hospital, and clinics, will be free. That's VA, and Tribal Health, as well as any hospital that is currently enjoying a non-profit status.

No more Section 8. Dorms, and barracks are good enough for you, if you can't take care of it yourself. Plus, the food you'll get there, before you shuffle off to your "Paying it back into my Community" Workfare job, will be healthier. Take that, whitey.

No more people will be allowed on Social Security. If you have not yet reached retirement age, and this includes me, bummer. 10% of the 17% payroll tax, on every single cent you receive from any source, will go directly into your account at the Treasury. The other 7% will help pay for the promises we made to the Seniors. As they die off, the percentage you keep will go up. If there is any money left when you die, it gets split, half to your heirs, and half goes back to the US, as a gift from you. You may keep any other retirement plan you have, or care to chose.

100% confiscatory tax of gross profits for corporate wrong doing, 10% sales tax on all foreign subsidiary sales, properties, and income.

Immigrants will be required to invest $500,000 minimum for application towards citizenship.

A new statute that allows for capital punishment in cases of public employee embezzlement, bribery, and corruption.

This is my platform for being dictator.
 
2013-11-06 01:13:33 PM  

EmmaLou: Where I work, we get "awards" printed on paper.  They usually use colored ink, so that's nice.


Yeah I recycled a stack of the ones I was given over the years a week ago.


And $155,000 on challenge coins?!? Sheesh I get mine for 12 bucks a pop.
 
2013-11-06 01:16:25 PM  

Krieghund: From TFA: ...from 2005 through 2010. All told, the investigative-operations unit spent nearly $800,000 on promotional items during that period


So they spent $133,333 on this stuff each year.

This is an agency with a 2012 budget of 1,189,000,000

So 11/100ths of 1 percent of their budget is spent on employee morale boosting rewards and inter-agency relations.

[www.outsidethebeltway.com image 600x469]


...this. Aye, this.
 
2013-11-06 01:49:08 PM  

ZackDanger: manimal2878: cig-mkr: Like any government agency they have to spend all the money in their budget or they won't get the same allocation for next year. Nothing new.

I hear people say this all the time, (especially ex-military guys, so maybe they achuarry are given blank checks) but that's not how any budget process I've experienced works.

We have to submit our projected costs about a year in advance based on the actual projected cost of the projects we want to complete. The only way there would be  money not spent is if we didn't do a project or something came in under budget. But it's not like we can spend that money on something else. If you aren't spending the money for what was requested in advance it basically doesn't exist; there is no "extra.".

It has to do with money budgeted for a category of items.

Say this year I was budgeted for $XX for "Uniforms" for the staff. Towards the end of the year if we were lucky and didn't have to replace times, or make any changes, we would have "extra" money left over.

We don't get to roll it over to the next year, and chances are our "uniform" line will be decreased by that amount next year. You want to avoid this happening because that is the amount that you forecasted you'll need, and you don't want to lose it just because you got lucky this year and happened to not need it.

So at the end of the year, with a "use it or lose it" deadline, the money is spent. In my "uniform" example, it could be put into purchasing a second set of boots for everyone, or new jackets with embroidered names on them, etc.

It's a win-win. The money is already "spent" on such items so it could be considered foolish to just hand it back, and it increases moral and/or pads supplies so there's more room for unforeseen events in the future. (If everyone has a second pair of boots, then I won't have to spend money unforeseen in the future to replace a pair that gets destroyed on the job.)

At least, that's been my experience.


Yeah, that's not how it works here.

We don't get a vague budget for Uniforms. We work on a line item system where the purchase of each item must be approved.

Say we request the money for 12 units of X brand pair of uniform pants at a cost of X amount each.  If we only buy 10 units that doesn't mean we can use the amount not spent on those 2 other pairs to buy something else.   We don't gain anything by asking for more than we actually need, because we can't purchase anything not approved of in advance.  There is no money to "hand back" as you say.
 
2013-11-06 03:22:35 PM  

manimal2878: ZackDanger: manimal2878: cig-mkr: Like any government agency they have to spend all the money in their budget or they won't get the same allocation for next year. Nothing new.

I hear people say this all the time, (especially ex-military guys, so maybe they achuarry are given blank checks) but that's not how any budget process I've experienced works.

We have to submit our projected costs about a year in advance based on the actual projected cost of the projects we want to complete. The only way there would be  money not spent is if we didn't do a project or something came in under budget. But it's not like we can spend that money on something else. If you aren't spending the money for what was requested in advance it basically doesn't exist; there is no "extra.".

It has to do with money budgeted for a category of items.

Say this year I was budgeted for $XX for "Uniforms" for the staff. Towards the end of the year if we were lucky and didn't have to replace times, or make any changes, we would have "extra" money left over.

We don't get to roll it over to the next year, and chances are our "uniform" line will be decreased by that amount next year. You want to avoid this happening because that is the amount that you forecasted you'll need, and you don't want to lose it just because you got lucky this year and happened to not need it.

So at the end of the year, with a "use it or lose it" deadline, the money is spent. In my "uniform" example, it could be put into purchasing a second set of boots for everyone, or new jackets with embroidered names on them, etc.

It's a win-win. The money is already "spent" on such items so it could be considered foolish to just hand it back, and it increases moral and/or pads supplies so there's more room for unforeseen events in the future. (If everyone has a second pair of boots, then I won't have to spend money unforeseen in the future to replace a pair that gets destroyed on the job.)

At least, that's been my experience.

Yeah, ...


You operate in, what normal people would call "The Real World", where as the gentlemen you responded to operates on our wonderful governments idea of normal.
 
2013-11-06 03:41:41 PM  

jayphat: manimal2878: ZackDanger: manimal2878: cig-mkr: Like any government agency they have to spend all the money in their budget or they won't get the same allocation for next year. Nothing new.

I hear people say this all the time, (especially ex-military guys, so maybe they achuarry are given blank checks) but that's not how any budget process I've experienced works.

We have to submit our projected costs about a year in advance based on the actual projected cost of the projects we want to complete. The only way there would be  money not spent is if we didn't do a project or something came in under budget. But it's not like we can spend that money on something else. If you aren't spending the money for what was requested in advance it basically doesn't exist; there is no "extra.".

It has to do with money budgeted for a category of items.

Say this year I was budgeted for $XX for "Uniforms" for the staff. Towards the end of the year if we were lucky and didn't have to replace times, or make any changes, we would have "extra" money left over.

We don't get to roll it over to the next year, and chances are our "uniform" line will be decreased by that amount next year. You want to avoid this happening because that is the amount that you forecasted you'll need, and you don't want to lose it just because you got lucky this year and happened to not need it.

So at the end of the year, with a "use it or lose it" deadline, the money is spent. In my "uniform" example, it could be put into purchasing a second set of boots for everyone, or new jackets with embroidered names on them, etc.

It's a win-win. The money is already "spent" on such items so it could be considered foolish to just hand it back, and it increases moral and/or pads supplies so there's more room for unforeseen events in the future. (If everyone has a second pair of boots, then I won't have to spend money unforeseen in the future to replace a pair that gets destroyed on the job.)

At least, that's been my experi ...


The point was I also work for the government, and we don't do it the stupid way he described.
 
2013-11-06 05:38:14 PM  
Came to mind immediately:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb885QHIBuo

/...and I apologize for that
 
2013-11-06 06:22:07 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
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