NASA Overspending: Spends $66 Per Person On Snacks
NASA is feeling the heat from an auditor's report that shows the Space Agency spent over $66,000 at its annual procurement conference on snacks and light refreshments - that translates into NASA forking out $66 per attendee in muffins and juice- more than the alloted per diem.
The story doesn't end there - this particular NASA conference was dedicated to training how NASA officials can spend taxpayer money wisely.
And that wasn't the only problem. The NASA financial watchdog criticized the financially strapped space agency's spending on conferences in general. The inspector general said NASA didn't price shop to get cheaper locations for conferences and that NASA's spending on food and drinks was "excessive."
All of this is coming out in an inspector general review of NASA conference spending which slams how NASA spent millions of dollars on conferences. The review is critical of how NASA handles all of its conference planning and scheduling. It says NASA conference planners did not follow federal guidelines like comparison shopping and finding facilities close to NASA for conferences.
Costs for the Procurement Training Conference might have been reduced if NASA had selected a conference site closer to a NASA Center and local conference attendees had not lodged at the conference location. For future conferences, NASA should carefully weigh the benefit of the attendees lodging at the conference site as compared to the cost.