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Thursday, December 30, 2004

Breaking News: Department Of Homeland Insecurity

According to an internal watchdog, the Department of Homeland Security is "a dysfunctional, poorly managed bureaucracy that has failed to plug serious holes in the nation's safety net." Clark Kent Ervin, the department's inspector general until last month, went on to say that HS officials:
have wasted millions of dollars because of "chaotic and disorganized" accounting practices, lavish spending on social occasions and employee bonuses and a failure to require bidding for some projects.
One of these over-the-top events was a $500,000 awards banquet given by the Transportation Security Administration for its employees in November 2003. When asked what's wrong with the department, Mr. Ervin stated, "It's difficult to figure out where to start."

What The Peach finds all too shockingly familiar is that, in typical Bush fashion, Mr. Ervin has been fired. Even though the Project on Government Oversight referred to Mr. Ervin as a standout among inspectors general, and an "aggressive overseer" of the department, his criticism has led to his dismissal. It's become all too apparent that this administration is more concerned about appearances than this country's well being. If it's broke, don't fix it, just cover it up.

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