Bang the Drum Sustainably
"An Energy Department watchdog last week questioned hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy efficiency stimulus expenditures to a group of African drummers and a media company with ties to top officials who oversaw stimulus awards," Lachlan Markay writes at the Washington Free Beacon. "The groups received a combined $630,000 in grants under DOE’s stimulus-funded Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program to monitor and inspect energy efficiency retrofit efforts, despite their lack of experience on such projects:"
[District Department of the Environment] failed to consult with its general counsel or ethics officer before granting the funds to [Prosperity Media Enterprises] based on a proposal that, the IG found, may have improperly inflated the group’s qualifications.
The selection committee gave PME’s proposal a score of 97 out of a possible 100, which the IG said “was clearly not warranted.” Similar scores were given to other organizations with significantly more experience in managing energy efficiency projects.
Neither PME nor a group called the African Heritage Drummers and Dancers, which also received weatherization funds, had much experience in the area.
See, this is why government is so wasteful and bureaucratic -- couldn't the African Heritage Drummers and Dancers simply have been sent over to Harry Reid's office, to provide the percussive backing for his legendary Cowboy Poetry sessions?
Article printed from Ed Driscoll: https://pjmedia.com/eddriscoll
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