Another day, another story of government bureaucrats living large on our dime. Today’s news of the Department of Health and Human Services spending $36 million on conferences and meetings in one year comes via The Washington Examiner.
Coming on the heels of revelations that the IRS spent $50 million on more than 200 employee conferences, it may be inconsequential to find out about $20,000 for a dental conference, $30,000 for a meeting in New Jersey and $1 million for a Head Start gathering. Except perhaps to millions of American taxpayers who grow either more angry or weary every time they hear — as they so frequently do these days — of yet another federal employee conference of dubious value and excessive expense. The outlays for the dental, New Jersey and Head Start conferences were part of the $36 million spent on such events by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services since 2009, according to the House Education and the Workforce Committee chaired by Rep. John Kline, R-Minn.
HHS spent that $36 million even as professional politicians from both major parties talk solemnly about “austerity,” sequestration and the increasing U.S. national debt. Despite their incessant speechifying, the spending and debt keep growing. So it should shock no one that when the committee requested more information from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the picture turned even more distressing for taxpayers.
Read the whole thing. HHS reported to a different panel that they spent over $56 million on conferences in 2012. This wasteful spending is commonplace in Washington, DC. It would almost be more newsworthy if we could find an agency or department that isn’t wasting millions of our tax dollars.