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Issa demands information on 'frivolous' Labor Department spending

Aug. 26, 2014 - 01:52PM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
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Rep. Darrell Issa is targeting the Labor Department in his latest inquiry into 'frivolous' spending. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Labor Department should turn over documents related to frivolous spending at the agency, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said in a letter Aug. 25.

The Labor Department spent more than $600,000 on weekly posters for its 23 elevators at its Washington, D.C. headquarters and another $100,000 to promote a book club, according to Issa in a letter sent to Labor Department secretary Thomas Perez.

“If this information is accurate, it raises serious questions about the lack of internal agency spending controls in a time of considerable budget constraints,” Issa wrote in the letter.

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The charges also include $25,000 in entry fees for public relations contests, according to Issa. The Labor Department submitted entries to such contests 168 times, winning 83 times.

Issa asked the Labor Department for related documents, including information related to the book club, the elevator posters and the cost of traveling to award ceremonies since 2009. The Labor Department has until Sept. 8 to turn over the documents.

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