Wasteful High Jinks at the Labor Department

Is there any place where government doesn’t waste money?
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President Obama’s Department of Labor appointees have shaken things up at the Department, but probably not in ways you would expect. An investigation of DOL practices reveals that Obama appointees are wasting time and resources with public-relations busy work, weird morale-boosting exercises, and many other activities that have nothing to do with helping U.S. workers.

Current and former DOL employees spoke with National Review Online about workplace shenanigans that they say interfere with the department’s mission, which is to promote the welfare of wage earners, job seekers, and retirees; improve working conditions; “advance opportunities” for employment; and “assure work-related benefits and rights.”

Four DOL insiders agreed to be quoted by NRO while others provided additional details and corroboration. All requested anonymity and expressed fear of retaliation. All described a workplace where pressure to join in time- and money-wasting activities unrelated to job tasks was subtle but insistent.



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