Thursday, December 30, 2010

Audit Finds CDC Misplaced $8M in Equipment

On Wednesday I told you a little about NASA spending $500 MILLION dollars on a project that no longer exists. Today let's chat about the CDC. I know that their $8 MILLION dollars in missing equipment isn't nearly as big or sexy as the NASA fiasco, but it is a lot of money.

Do you think that somebody, somewhere is keeping track of this excess and waste? How many millions does it take to make a billion? How many billions to make a trillion? How much of the money we pay in taxes every year is wasted on stupid bullshit projects or stolen by government employees? Why isn't there any accountability in our government? I'll tell you, because they don't care and the money is free. No matter what they do, there is always more money.

What we need to impress upon the people in washington is that we don't have a revenue problem. Raising our taxes isn't going to fix what is wrong. We have a spending problem, and from what I see, we have a waste problem. If the people in washington could be good stewards of the money we send to them, in good faith, we would have no deficit. We wouldn't owe our souls to the Chinese. It will never happen, they don't care.

Until we rise up and take our Country back from the pretenders we will never be free of the mountains of debt they have strapped us with. THEY DON'T CARE! For far too long we have been silent and let them have their way with our freedoms and our wallets. We have to take a stand, and we have to do it NOW.

Go visit Guardians of Liberty. They will show you how you can begin, how you can take a stand.

Associated Press

ATLANTA -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lost or misplaced more than $8 million in property in 2007, losing track of items including computer and video equipment, government auditors say.

Agency officials said Wednesday they have corrected the lapses that led to that amount of waste.

The report was released this week by the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services, the parent agency of the CDC. In 2007, the auditors checked on 200 randomly sampled items and found 15 were lost or not inventoried, including a $1.8 million hard disk drive and a $978,000 video conferencing system.

CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden wrote the inspector general that the CDC agrees with the report's conclusions and has now instituted better controls. He wrote that 99 percent of the agency's property was accounted for in 2009. And the agency says all of its property this year is accounted for.

The agency still hasn't explained what happened to the 15 pieces of missing equipment from 2007, auditors said. But a CDC spokeswoman on Wednesday said all but four of the items -- including the two most expensive ones -- have since been accounted for.

CDC officials were tsk-tsked by Tom Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste.

"It's just a good thing they haven't lost any diseases," Schatz said.

The Atlanta-based CDC often gets high marks for how well it does at its core mission of promoting health and investigating outbreaks of illness. But it has less incentive to keep track of its computer equipment or take care of other concerns that would seem important to a private business, Schatz said.

"There are a lot of agencies that do their job well, but they don't manage the 'little things' very well. The Defense Department is notorious for losing all kinds of equipment, but they do a pretty good job defending the country," Schatz said.

The CDC is the only HHS agency to have had such an audit -- the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have not.

This is the CDC's second audit. A 1995 audit found the agency was unable to account for more than $5.5 million in property, including computers, microscopes and even vehicles.

In 2007, two House Republicans -- Joe Barton of Texas and Greg Walden of Oregon -- asked the inspector general to take a new look at how CDC inventories and tracks its property, following allegations that as much as $22 million in CDC equipment had been lost or stolen.

The audit focused on the $350 million in equipment CDC had in fiscal year 2007. The report was delayed until now partly because of personnel changes within the inspector general's office, auditors said.