While Downsizing 2,000 Employees, EPA Supersized Furniture Costs
"Downsizing is not a license to redecorate"
Quoted at Forbes
EPA SUPERSIZES THE FURNITURE COST, WHILE
DOWNSIZING 2,000 EMPLOYEES
By Adam Andrzejewski | Forbes | October 1, 2015
EPA WASTING TAXPAYER DOLLARS
FOX News | The O'Reilly Factor | September 30, 2015
The EPA spent $92.4 million on mostly upscale furniture purchases and now they're trying to justify it.
Last night on FOX News, Bill O'Reilly followed-up with an EPA spokesman who claims the furniture purchases actually saved taxpayer money!
Today at Forbes, Adam Andrzejewski, founder of OpenTheBooks.com, answers the EPA's claim and adds more line-by-line detail further exposing the furniture spending spree.
Data posted at OpenTheBooks.com shows that the Obama administration cut the number of EPA employees by nearly 2,000 positions from 17,500 to 15,492 over the past four years.
But during this period, the EPA approved massive furniture spending sprees benefiting key employees.
Based on the EPA's current workforce, the $92 million in furniture cost was equivalent to $6,000 in furniture allowance per staffer. That's quite an office decorating bonus at a time when wage growth is stagnant for many American workers.
Lavish furniture is part of the EPA culture. The $813 pencil drawer? It was purchased in 2007 - during the Bush administration.
Next week, we are publishing our next oversight report: Federal Transfer Report - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Stay tuned for further details.
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