Oh, goody: More waste, fraud, and abuse from Obama’s Energy Department?

posted at 4:01 pm on October 23, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Via the WFB, I missed this a few days back, but regular readers will know and understand that Obama’s Department of Energy holds just such a particularly special place in my heart that I couldn’t let it pass by without at least a little comment.

Special agents tasked with protecting the Department of Energy (DOE) have blown the whistle on what they describe as a dangerous culture of “fraud, waste, and abuse” that includes drinking on the job, mismanagement of weapons, falsification of security reports, and “wasteful spending” that reaches all the way to the deputy secretary of energy.

Current and former agents in the DOE’s Office of Special Operations (OSO), which is tasked with protecting the secretary and other senior officials, allege a stunning lapse in security guidelines and procedures intended to deal with a catastrophic situation, according to a recent letter sent to lawmakers and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

The agents’ letter exposes a dysfunctional security office marred by corruption.

From wasteful spending habits to agents consuming alcohol on the job, the security officers decry a culture of “mismanagement” and cronyism that has led at least 14 “highly qualified and experienced line agents” to quit their posts in protest over the past several years. …

Read on for more lovely alleged examples of the DOE’s egregious “business culture” (for lack of a better term), and while these still fall into the category of “alleged,” it shouldn’t come as any shock that — gasp — big-government bureaucracies tend to engender this type of corruption and inefficiency on the regular. Public-sector workers enjoy the benefits of more comfy, protective, and sluggish mechanisms than you often find in the private sector, not to mention the seemingly limitless backing of the faceless taxpayer. These types of episodes become more and more rampant as bureaucracies grow, as the tangled webs of bureaucratic inefficiencies pile one atop another without the pesky intrusion of free-market competition to spur them along — and it’s even less surprising in a department that is as immune from economic reality in practice as it is in principle. Too much of the DOE’s daily business consists of trying to distort free-market signals, and now we find that the department itself may be as faulty as the ends it spends our money trying to achieve. Bravo, guys.

President Obama has only added to the rolls of federal employees, and with his incoming avalanche of new environmental regulations, taxes, ObamaCare, and etcetera, we’re slated to just keep right on adding more, our gaping national deficit be damned. It’s stuff like this that really makes you optimistic about the government increasingly trumping the private sector’s role in our lives, doesn’t it?


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“mismanagement of weapons”

Wait, what? The only weapons that I know of that the DOE manages is nuclear weapons. This should be in all cap headlines. Not a passing mention in a list.

Queasy on October 23, 2012 at 4:04 PM

“fraud, waste, and abuse” that includes drinking on the job, mismanagement of weapons, falsification of security reports, and “wasteful spending” that reaches all the way to the deputy secretary of energy.

It’s Chicago.

Oil Can on October 23, 2012 at 4:06 PM

CHU… CHU… NAAGONNAWORKHEREANYMORE!!!

Marcola on October 23, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Via the WFB, I missed this a few days back….

At the rate 0bama’s schemes are failing, who can keep up?

UltimateBob on October 23, 2012 at 4:07 PM

The point is that these companies gave people jobs even if it was only for a time. Spending creates jobs. Period*.

*Not military spending which is wasteful.

akaniku on October 23, 2012 at 4:07 PM

mismanagement” and cronyism that has led at least 14 “highly qualified and experienced line agents” to quit their posts in protest over the past several years. …

Too much of the DOE’s daily business consists of trying to distort free-market signals,

Sounds about for our government under Obama

Jabberwock on October 23, 2012 at 4:08 PM

CHU… CHU… NAAGONNAWORKHEREANYMORE!!!

Marcola on October 23, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Is that a Bob Dylan song? ;-)

UltimateBob on October 23, 2012 at 4:08 PM

So a few nuclear weapons get misplaced, no big deal.

Bishop on October 23, 2012 at 4:09 PM

“mismanagement of weapons”

Wait, what? The only weapons that I know of that the DOE manages is nuclear weapons. This should be in all cap headlines. Not a passing mention in a list.

Queasy on October 23, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Like every other Federal department (including Social Security Admin and Dept of Education) the DOE has a group of highly armed, para-military, security forces.

Hill60 on October 23, 2012 at 4:12 PM

So a few nuclear weapons get misplaced, no big deal.

Bishop on October 23, 2012 at 4:09 PM

That’s just ol’ Slim taking them out for a ride.

Jabberwock on October 23, 2012 at 4:12 PM

OT: Yahoo News headline:

Fact check: Obama ad inflates jobs claim

A new ad claims the president created 5.2 million new jobs. The total number of jobs added is actually about 325,000.

Uhhhh. That’s a huge lie. Not “inflated”.

portlandon on October 23, 2012 at 4:13 PM

What would happen if we just cancelled the DoE?

Anything important? At all?

I would miss those annual missives about keeping my tires inflated properly, though. Thanks to TPMS, I’m notified daily that at least one of my tire pressure sensors has a dead battery.

And it’ll only cost couple hundred bucks for each one. I’ve learned to love my yellow warning message.

BobMbx on October 23, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Isn’t the DOE one of the departments that’s been buying scads of ammunition lately, and now they’re losing track of it all. Well…this should end nicely for the American people somehow.

Bishop on October 23, 2012 at 4:16 PM

So this is how a Nobel Prize winner runs things ….hmmmmm……

burrata on October 23, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Academic nitwits like “$50 eco-nut lightbulbs + european-gas-prices-for-America” chu should NEVER, EVER be allowed out into the real world. Keep them locked up in universities where their ability to suck up and waste taxpayer money in humongous salaries and gold-plated benefits is not as bad as what they can waste in the federal government.

TeaPartyNation on October 23, 2012 at 4:21 PM

So this is how a Nobel Prize winner runs things ….hmmmmm……

burrata on October 23, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Two of them, as a matter of fact.

Jabberwock on October 23, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Obama’s Midas-touch-in-reverse keeps slogging along.

Bitter Clinger on October 23, 2012 at 4:22 PM

“…a dangerous culture of “fraud, waste, and abuse” that includes drinking on the job, mismanagement of weapons, falsification of security reports, and “wasteful spending”

Since this is under the Obama Administration, I can understand the drinking on the job part.

As for the rest though…………

pilamaye on October 23, 2012 at 4:23 PM

The only weapons that I know of that the DOE manages is nuclear weapons. This should be in all cap headlines. Not a passing mention in a list.

Queasy on October 23, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Maybe they were part of that ammo buy that was widely reported in August.

rah1420 on October 23, 2012 at 4:23 PM

If Romney doesn’t appoint an AG – or better even a special prosecutor – capable of throwing this whole gang of thieves and incompetents behind the bars, I want his arse primaried in 2016. Nothing breeds contempt like impunity.

Archivarix on October 23, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Obama’s Midas-touch-in-reverse keeps slogging along.

Bitter Clinger on October 23, 2012 at 4:22 PM

It’s not reversed, everything he touches turns into a muffler.

D-fusit on October 23, 2012 at 4:25 PM

More waste, fraud, and abuse from Obama’s Energy Department?

Only on days whose names end in a ‘y’. Well, twice on Tuesdays, of course.

Midas on October 23, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Imagine the jump in spending among these types of agencies beginning Nov 7th. They’ll have two months to burn through whatever money remains from the 2012…what do we call it?… Allocation? (It’s certainly not a budget.)

BKeyser on October 23, 2012 at 4:30 PM

The Cap & Trade pushing Dept of Energy under O should be renamed the Dept of Anti-Energy. And remember Cap & Trade when thinking about the anti-American slant of the O administration. O’s cap & trade bill that passed the U.S. House actually called for 83% cuts in CO2. This by 2050, but with sharp immediate cuts, and with progressively more severe cuts to follow. This would have tanked, and I mean tanked, the economy… in apocalyptic fashion. And it was illogically unilateral. America was to go down the energy destroying path alone. No cooperation from China or the other “worst offenders” was included in Obama’s anti-American bill. Funny that many of the climate scientists suggested that this extreme measure wouldn’t even change the climate in any discernible way. But Obama’s cap & trade bill that was truly a “wipe the U.S. off the face of the map” bill.

anotherJoe on October 23, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Is there even one honest, hard-working person, personally selected by TEH ONE in the 0dumbo administration???

Sasha List on October 23, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Obama’s Midas-touch-in-reverse keeps slogging along.

Bitter Clinger on October 23, 2012 at 4:22 PM

It’s not reversed, everything he touches turns into a muffler.

D-fusit on October 23, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Except that mufflers are useful. Nothing Obama touches becomes useful.

Bitter Clinger on October 23, 2012 at 4:33 PM

If Romney doesn’t appoint an AG – or better even a special prosecutor – capable of throwing this whole gang of thieves and incompetents behind the bars, I want his arse primaried in 2016. Nothing breeds contempt like impunity.

Chris Christie

gerrym51 on October 23, 2012 at 4:33 PM

This is no surprise. Obama is setting up
the rot so that America will implode.
If you care about the future of America
Vote for Romney.

redguy on October 23, 2012 at 4:36 PM

I can think of 36 reasons why lil’ Stevie Chu should be sent packing.

GarandFan on October 23, 2012 at 4:38 PM

I don’t know what’s worse – the fraud, waste and abuse or if they were to actually do their jobs.

On second thought fraud, waste and abuse is probably better.

gwelf on October 23, 2012 at 4:39 PM

When flogging was in vogue this sort of crap was non-existent.

antipc on October 23, 2012 at 4:44 PM

The only weapons that I know of that the DOE manages is nuclear weapons.

Probably not. Almost every tentacle of government has some kind of security function. Are they co-ordinated? Highly unlikely when you see the DoE, the IRS, and the rest of these jokers all issue separate RFPs for *exactly the same stuff*. Most recently firearms and munitions.

So some staff probably got drunk in the office, flushed their baby Glocks down the toilet for a laugh, and that gets written up as ‘missing weapons’. Bid deal, that’s how they roll.

Of course they also could have lost an ICBM when they used it as part-payment for Brazilian hookers.

Whatever.

CorporatePiggy on October 23, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Time will come when there will be a general amnesty for all the crooks and con-men of the CO2 fraud. Existing jails will not hold them all.

They are a leading cult within the commie Democrat Party cult.

Michael Mann will drag all of into the discovery of his law suit he filed on NRO, and the Competive Interprise Inst.

Mark Styne will love FOI’s from Mann’s past and the links , the links how far, how far the links of the greed and fraud may go.

http://www.wattsupwiththat.com

about three threads down..

Popcorn….

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 23, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Sorry for the Chris Christie lovers here, but he is a CO2 kook.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 23, 2012 at 4:59 PM

When flogging was in vogue this sort of crap was non-existent.

antipc on October 23, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Same with tar and feathers. Has a nice ring to it, huh?

ziggyville on October 23, 2012 at 5:13 PM

My daughter worked as a civilian contractor at DOE, and she said they did practically no work. They foisted it all on the contractors and took copious amounts of time off. She was offered a permanent position, but declined because she said she’d rather actually work for a living.

College Prof on October 23, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Jabberwock on October 23, 2012 at 4:12 PM

I saw what you did there.Strangelove.

docflash on October 23, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Like every other Federal department (including Social Security Admin and Dept of Education) the DOE has a group of highly armed, para-military, security forces.

Yeah, they do. I used to go to a shooting range near the Rancho Seco nuclear plant, and the DOE SWAT team would often be flying helicopters in the area as they practiced their assault tactics at the shut-down plant. (In 1989, the genius voters of the state shut it down by public referendum and now complain about how high their electricity bills are. Go figure.)

The scenario used to be that terrorists would take over a plant and threaten to blow up its reactor and the DOE would swoop in on them and save the day, but I’m sure they’ve thought of many more reasons to spend your money since then.

Socratease on October 23, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Mmmm mismanagement of weapons you say…and they want to take away the 2nd amendment. Total hypocrites. They couldn’t manage a candy store without screwing up and losing tax payer money

jaywemm on October 23, 2012 at 8:32 PM