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The government commissioned a study to study the cost of all the studies. (Can you say that 5 times fast??)
The Pentagon was inundated with so many studies in 2010 that it commissioned a study to determine how much it cost to produce all those studies.
Now the Government Accountability Office has reviewed the Pentagon’s study and concluded in a report this week that it’s a flop.
The study of a study of studies began in 2010 when Defense Secretary Robert Gates complained that his department was “awash in taskings for reports and studies.” He wanted to know how much they cost.
Two years later, the Pentagon review is still continuing, which prompted Congress to ask the GAO to look over the Pentagon’s shoulder. What they found lacked military precision.
The GAO found only nine studies that had been scrutinized by the Pentagon review, but the military was unable to “readily retrieve documentation” for six of the reports.
The Department of Defense’s “approach is not fully consistent with relevant cost estimating best practices and cost accounting standards,” the GAO concluded. In fact, they often did not include items like manpower, the report found.
The Pentagon “partially concurs” with the GAO’s report.
The cost of the study of the study of the studies was not available from the GAO.
All I can say is
That runs up there with the our govt spending $175,587 to determine if cocaine makes Japanese quail engage in sexually risky behavior... All of this crazy spending is going to get us into a massive amount of trouble eventually. Already, on a per capita basis the U.S. national debt is worse than the national debts of Greece, Italy, Ireland, Portugal and Spain.
This a part of a post I did the other day on crazy govt spending...so if you band your head on this, read this...
Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 1:02 AM on May. 13, 2012
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Answer by kjrn79 at 11:47 AM on May. 13, 2012
OMG, I totally had this idea a long time ago! I feel cheated. I should have applied for a grant.
Seriously though, wouldn't a simple spreadsheet be able to help one keep track of how much money is actually spent on studies? I know it wouldn't determine effectiveness or legitimacy of certain studies, but at least they would know how much was being spent.
Sadly, I am so totally not surprised about this at all.
Answer by QuinnMae at 2:24 PM on May. 13, 2012