A $2 million study on how children don't like to eat food that's been sneezed on is one of the highlights of this year's "Federal Fumbles" – a report on government waste released Monday by Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla. The report, called "Federal Fumbles: 100 ways the government dropped the ball," lists $247 billion in what it calls wasteful and inefficient federal spending, as well as offering solutions for the examples. "The American people have signaled a bold new direction for Washington with the election of President-elect Donald Trump," Lankford said in a statement. "Although the federal debt wasn't a major focus during the presidential campaign, it remains a serious impending crisis that must be addressed. "This'Federal Fumbles' report provides specific examples of wasteful spending and unnecessary regulations that are not in the taxpayer's best interest, and shows specific solutions for how the federal government can become more efficient," he said.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has chided the Pentagon for its "cavalier or casually acquiescent decisions to spend taxpayer dollars in an effective and wasteful manner," cautioning the department that such missteps are "not to recur." The memo, obtained Monday by Fox News, highlights a June report by the U.S. special inspector general for Afghanistan (SIGAR) which found that as much as $28 million had been wasted by the Pentagon over a ten-year period on uniforms for Afghan soldiers with a camouflage pattern deemed unsuitable for the country's predominantly desert terrain. "These actions connect directly to our mission and budget situation," Mattis said in a July 21 memo to the Defense Department's acquisition, policy and finance chiefs. "The purpose of equipping the Afghan National Army is to bolster the Afghan Government's capacity to provide for its own security, and ultimately, to help defend our country from a terrorist attack." INSIDE AFGHANISTAN: ARE MORE U.S. TROOPS WHAT AFGHANS WANT?
U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, outlined his thoughts Tuesday on the philosophical differences between the left and right on the role of government, saying "benevolent' bureaucrats" have been responsible for wasteful spending. "Why does the left hate the tax cuts?" Crenshaw asked in a Twitter post. "[Because] they think the people exist to fund the govt. We believe the govt exists to protect the inalienable rights of the people. When people keep their money, we get more jobs & wage growth, & less wasteful spending by'benevolent' bureaucrats."
The Chinese e-sports industry has, as a result, been plagued by the public's overwhelmingly negative response to digital gaming, one that has been exacerbated by a media moral panic over Internet addiction. At professional tournaments, it is not uncommon to hear government officials openly proclaim that gaming has a negative effect on youth. For example, during a press conference for the 2012 World Cyber Games, I heard a local official remark that her husband forbade her son to attend the competition, fearing that it would impact his studies. As such, e-sports marketers have made a concerted effort to separate "healthy" e-sports games from those deemed unhealthy and "addictive." At the Esports Champion League tournament held in Beijing in 2010, an official opened the competition by declaring that, "e-sports [dianzi jingji] is a sport, it must be strictly separated from Internet [wangluo] games."
MPs have denied accusations that a lot of foreign aid cash is "wasted" and have said that the government should do more to publicise its good work. The International Development Committee said money should be allocated "on evidence rather than media coverage". Some programmes seemed to have been closed after bad headlines despite performing well during internal assessments, the committee said. The government said aid spending had to be "accountable". It said it would not "shy away" from "tough messages on reform".