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.
On a tip from Henry B.