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Nov 25 2012

DHS Flushes Away Almost Half a Billion on Unused Radios

The amount of our money wasted by the government is so vast, the numbers numb us instead of shocking us. For example:

The Department of Homeland Security spent $430 million over nine years on inter-agency radios for use in national emergencies, but agents don’t know how to utilize them.

After 9/11, government agencies needed a better way to communicate with each other during wide-scale disasters. To that end, the DHS distributed radios, all tuned to a common, secure channel, to 123,000 employees across the country.

A recent report from the Inspector General found most employees didn’t know how to use the radios or [didn't know] about the secure channel.

The IG surveyed 479 employees and only one person was able to use the channel; 79% did not know the common channel even existed. Of those employees who knew about the secure channel, 25% did not know how to access it.

When tested, only 20% of the radios had all the correct settings to use the new channel.

In short, bureaucrats flushed another $430 million down the drain. That’s almost as much as the $535 million Obama stole from taxpayers to pay off his fundraisers at Solyndra. Yet no one is screaming for the conspicuously incompetent Janet Napolitano to be fired; hardly anyone even seems to care.

The DHS, like most everything federal, is primarily a gigantic boondoggle, the purpose of which is to spread our money around, because according to the personification of Big Government, when you do that, it’s good for everybody.

janet napolitano
No one could be more useless.

On a tip from Henry B.

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  • Rotohammer

    Snappy Nappy is incompetent as a bureaucrat, but she was great in The Producers with Matthew Broderick:

    http://www.thecinemasource.com/moviesdb/images/Nathan_Lane%20-%201%20-%20The_Producers.jpg

  • Helicopter Bennie

    We print up more than that in one session. The presses are hot let’s go print up some more!

  • Laurie

    That gives us a little hope.

    If the agencies can’t figure out how to use the radios, then they’ll have no idea how to use those millions of rounds of ammo that Hussein Obama bought for them recently.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9Xy4hNyYFs&feature=plcp Keith Richards

    No lie – I saw Janet Incompetano yesterday during a hike in Great Falls Natl Park (north of DC). She was with 2 broads and like 3 or 4 security dudes.

  • http://dontfitprofile.tumblr.com/ bob

    They’ve been trying to figure out a scheme for radios for years – so if there’s a “disaster” then they can have appropriate communications between local, state, federal.

    There have been conferences where they have blown DAYS trying to figure out the standards framework for the methodologies of deciding how to decide the standard radio standards.

    Total bureaucratic paralysis, more buzzword bingo and inept cluelessness than 5 years of dilbert all in one conference.

    Bureaucrats who don’t understand the first thing about radios, frequencies, encryption or anything like that trying to organize a multi-tiered communication standard for law enforcement.

    Here’s what I imagine:
    A local law enforcement agency will get money for new radios, either a direct allotment or a grant, whatever, they buy the radios spending fat stacks of cash, the radios come in, they put them on a shelf, collect dust, lather, rinse, repeat.

  • Jimbo

    “The IG surveyed 479 employees and only one person was able to use the channel…”

    That one person would be the single non-affirmative action hire.

  • KHarn

    “Jimbo says:November 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm”

    I’m betting it was the JANITOR.

    At least they ran a test BEFORE there was a disaster.

  • TED
  • Canis lupus

    All of this is due to affirmative action hiring. Just like when FEMA was closed due to bad weather. The government is filled with incompetent people put there because of thier race or female gender.

  • Son of Taz

    I wonder what executive at the company that supplied the radio is the Obummer bundler?

    And, how the hell is just one channel supposed to work for 123,000 radios?

    Wait ’til they fully manage your healthcare – YIPEE!

  • Son of Taz

    @Canis lupus, you couldn’t be more on target. The absolute losers in the US, i.e.; liberal arts and diversity majors, probably make up the majority of employees at DHS, because no one else would hire them. Having no skill is necessary to being a Federal employee.

    After all, we can’t have anyone smarter than the communist in the White House.

  • Jill

    Tom Ridge, the (Bush appointed) DHS secretary, set up the National Wireless Management Office in 2003 with responsibility for developing policy and strategy. This was replaced in 2006 by (Bush appointed) Michael Chertoff with the Wireless Services Branch who designed the system and purchased the hardware.

    The company supplying the radios was Motorola, you know, the “Official Mission Critical Radio Provider” for the 2012 Republican National Convention, those well known Obummer bundlers.

    But, yeah, it’s Obama’s fault. Because Bush kept us safe. Whatever.

  • Jodie

    A good example from Jill of how the lefties take something that was meant for good and turn it into something evil.

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