Original article at TheNationalDesk.com
WASHINGTON (TND) — A new report found that during the pandemic years the federal government spent billions of dollars on office furniture despite a majority of employees working from home.
OpenTheBooks CEO Adam Andrzejewski joined The National Desk’s Jan Jeffcoat to break it down.
“The Department of Agriculture, they had about 9% space utilization, and they spent $50 $60 million on furniture spending.,” he said. “You have the Department of Transportation there. They're only using about 9% of their office space under secretary Pete Buttigieg and they spent $55 million dollars on furniture.”
OpenTheBooks found that in the last five years, federal agencies spent $3.3 billion on luxurious office furniture while the federal workforce was teleworking between 2020 and 2022.
Andrzejewski says its tax abuse and Congress needs two crack down.
“You have the State Department and now they're about two thirds of their employees aren't back at the office. They're still paid to work from home. They spent over $300 million on their furniture,” Andrzejewski said. “If they're going to work from home — if they're not going to be in the office, why are we spending billions of dollars on furniture?”