If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Washington Post)   US Marshals Service spent too much on swag. YOLO   ( washingtonpost.com) divider line
    More: Stupid, U.S. Marshals Service, yolo, U.S. Marshals Service spent, lapel pin  
•       •       •

6105 clicks; posted to Main » on 06 Nov 2013 at 10:06 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

Voting Results (Smartest)
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

2013-11-06 10:27:00 AM  
3 votes:
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 11:23:41 AM  
2 votes:
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.

outsidethebeltway.comView Full Size
2013-11-06 10:34:19 AM  
2 votes:
All you need is a hat . . . $145.

img.fark.netView Full Size
2013-11-06 10:33:05 AM  
2 votes:
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 11:39:22 AM  
1 vote:

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 10:24:19 AM  
1 vote:
i44.tinypic.comView Full Size
2013-11-06 10:14:18 AM  
1 vote:

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

This. I could hardly get mad at this.
Displayed 7 of 7 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking

On Twitter

Top Commented
Javascript is required to view headlines in widget.
  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.