Government Bytes


The Late Edition: September 25, 2013

by Curtis Kalin / /

Today’s Taxpayer News!

Radio Silence: The inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security reported that DHS has allowed over 8,000 pieces of radio equipment to sit idle in warehouses for over a year.  The original cost of the equipment was $28 million.  Read more at the Washington Times.

Failure to launch: NASA’s inspector general has detailed the agency’s spending of $43 million on 33 facilities that went underutilized in 2011.  More information on this story can be viewed at the Las Vegas Guardian Express.

Hip-Hop Care: The state of Oregon’s insurance exchange has budgeted $20 million for outreach plans.  The result of this spending has been a series of music videos and quirky ads.  All of this, despite Cover Oregon’s $16 million budget shortfall. Read more at the Weekly Standard.