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Monday, December 26, 2005

Emergency bargain shopping? Puhlease...

Oh my yes indeedy - let's spend LOTS of time and money figuring out whether government employees should have taken the time to bargain hunt right after Katrina.

This time, the congressional audits -- the first of which is due out early next year -- will not only focus on any abuse, but on missed opportunities to get discounted rates for commonly purchased items such as office supplies and clothing, according to the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress.

Gee. I sure do wish those rash, wasteful spenders had taken the time - in 100 degree weather - to track down and arrange shipment from a pre-arranged ice contract. (Just out of curiousity, what's the point of that, anyway?)

For example, was $11,078 worth of ice bought by the U.S. Forest Service at retail stores really necessary, since the government already had a $107.9 million pre-existing ice contract with IAP Worldwide Services?

Was it really necessary? I can't believe they asked that.

If federal workers were moving fast (not the normal vision of post-Katrina aid, I might add), I'm thrilled to know that. Isn't this what they were supposed to be doing?

Don't these people have anything else to worry about? (Don't we have more productive ways to spend our energy?)