If you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. For instance, if you've got a successful business leading team-building exercise in which the group leader chants "keep integrity, accountability to that bass beat," you didn't build that. Somebody at the Government Services Administration did that.
Following reports of a $823,000 conference in Las Vegas, a four-day event that included a clown, a mind reader and a $30,000 reception (but no unpaid prostitutes, looking at you, Secret Service), the General Services Administration has been under close scrutiny.
This time, the agency's inspector general is investigating a one-day $269,000 awards ceremony in Arlington, Virginia that included…
* $34,073.38 in catering and room rental charges,
* $28,364.45 for "time and temperature picture frames"
* $20,578.24 for 4,000 drumsticks given out to employees, and
* a $7,697.22 "commissioners reception" for high-ranking officials
Keep in mind, the Secret Service probably had a lot more fun banging their drum sticks on their taxpayer-funded trips than did the GSA. Plus, I doubt many federal bureaucrats want to be stuck in Marriott Hotel to celebrate their performance. They'd rather get a bonus.
Unfortunately, cheesy ceremonies and tchotchkes for rank-and-file workers in lieu of actual rewards has become the norm in the private sector. So perhaps the government is finally starting to run like a business.
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