The PJ Tatler

NOAA Called Out for Trying to Hire Conference Magicians

Apparently the party with taxpayer money isn’t over, even in the glaring light of the GSA Vegas scandal that cost the head of the agency her job.

Earlier this week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration put up a job posting on the Federal Business Opportunities website looking for magicians to perform at an upcoming leadership training conference.

The performers would be paid for presentations that included “experiential exercises, physical energizers, magic tricks, puzzles, brain teasers, word games, humor and team-building exercises, designed to demonstrate how to stimulate creativity, encourage active participation, and practice needed skills and competencies.”

Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas), chairman of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, fired off a letter to NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco today calling on her to “immediately halt spending associated with this conference.”

Hall also requested information on conference activities and spending, including amounts spent on magicians, comedians, mind-readers, and related performers for the last three years.

“As the Federal government continues to burden American taxpayers with trillion-dollar deficits and NOAA struggles to meet critical weather forecasting missions to protect lives and property, this type of ridiculous and wasteful spending is simply unacceptable,” said Hall.