Wasting money in the USA

Where is Australia’s answer to our man Dan in DC? This is his latest horror story of Federal Government waste. In brief Customs and Border Protection hired Accenture to hire and recruit 7,500 agents within the next five years. But just 10 months into the contract, only two accepted job offers have been processed.

• First, federal employees make much more than folks in the private sector, so I’m mystified why it’s necessary to spend any money to attract applicants.
• Second, why did Uncle Sam sign a contract to pay Accenture nearly $40,000 for each CBP agent hired, assuming the company fully delivered?
• Third, it goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyhow) that it is absurd that taxpayers to date have paid $6.8 million each for two new CBP bureaucrats.

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22 Responses to Wasting money in the USA

  1. 2dogs

    All government jobs should pay less than the private sector. Performing them should be a vocation, not sought after for money as just any job. You want people who care, not mercenaries.

  2. Neil

    It annoys me that our govt workers get 15.4% Superannuation when most in the private sector are on 9%. And lots of people in the PS are still on DBS meaning they will get a pension for life. Costello put a end to that but 15.4% is still not bad

  3. W Hogg

    Still better value than the $40m Bueller spent to find out that Trump666 paid a skank $100k to keep her mouth shut for a change. (Something Stormy told us for nothing.)

  4. Gavin R Putland

    Why doesn’t the government care that so much taxpayers’ money is wasted? Presumably because the governing party gets so much financial support from the private entities that pocket the wasted taxpayers’ money. Mates’ rates.

  5. Zatara

    • Second, why did Uncle Sam sign a contract to pay Accenture nearly $40,000 for each CBP agent hired, assuming the company fully delivered?

    At least partially because Accenture had to pay for the required deep background investigations and they are not cheap. On top of that, a failed investigation costs just as much as a successful one so factor a few of them in when estimating the cost of fully delivered individuals.

    Not fighting the overall gist of the post, but fair is fair.

  6. Rafe Champion

    A fair point, the more meaningful metric would be the number of investigations that they did. I wonder how deep they have to go for the jobs on offer?

  7. Mother Lode

    Good point Zatara.

    With the excessive remuneration of the public service they will have had a lot of people trying their luck.

    Still sounds enormous waste – especially considering what they contractually undertook to do.

    They have spent 4.6% of their budget in 16.6% of their time allotted and achieved 0.03% of their scope.

    There would be setting up costs upfront, but the bulk of costs would be directly attached to processing the candidates (both successful and an anticipated number of failed).

  8. Customs and border control is like military spending. These are the two areas that I don’t mind some inevitable waste, especially in this era.
    Zatara is 100% correct. Imagine a few crooks getting in to these positions, the cartels would have a field day and the current waste will seem like chump change.
    There are countless other areas of government waste, why waste time on this one?

  9. Boambee John

    Mother Lode
    #2887920, posted on December 18, 2018 at 8:15 am
    Good point Zatara.

    With the excessive remuneration of the public service they will have had a lot of people trying their luck.

    There is also the issue of the proliferation of useless degrees.

    Once graduates in random words poetry discover that there is no possibility of making enough to eat from it, the only options left are Maccas ond public employment. The latter pays better, and the work demands are lower.

  10. Myrddin Seren

    Assuming the additional 7,500 agents are an expansion, and not just regular turnover, I think I would rather outsource the task than build up the internal HR empire to handle this.

    Once you build the HR redoubt to a new height, it never shrinks.

    Next question should be – on what basis was the contract awarded ? Was Accenture the best choice or is this some ‘Mate’s Rates’ deal ? Were there metrics in the contract ? And so on.

    The caveats of prudent management of the contractor apart, I don’t have a problem with outsourcing the task per se.

  11. Bear Necessities

    It is not a bug it is a feature.

    The government department will blame it on Accenture and Accenture will blame it on the government department. Everyone wins except the taxpayer.

  12. Adelagado

    What sort of a hopeless organization is the Border Protection force that they can’t even hire their own staff? Navy, Army, Airforce and Coast Guard all have their own recruitment offices. Whats so special about the Border force?

  13. Kneel

    “You want people who care, not mercenaries.”

    Ah – “people who care”, is it?

    So, ones who care about:

    * anthropogenic climate change
    * LGBQTIXYZ discrimination
    * ensuring quotas for wyminses and gerls
    * “affirmative action” for those of a coloured nature

    ’cause that’s what you get when you want people who “care”.
    Screw that.
    Yes, pay them less – they are almost unsackable anyway, and that’s got to be worth SOMETHING.
    But people who “care”? No thanks – they’d end up WORSE than politicians!

  14. H B Bear

    Big Accounting/Consulting loves Big Government.

  15. Rafe Champion

    I would have thought that basic criminal record checks would take about five minutes these days, how deep do they need to go, what are the officers doing? Patrolling, searching, record checking?

  16. Rafe Champion

    Someone suggested we can’t worry about a bit of waste for essentials like defence and border security. Try French submarines:)

  17. Dr afred Lenin

    One of the best examples of waste of taxpayers money was at one of our thousands of “universities “ where taxpayers money was being spent on a student doing a PHD on “the influence of the Salvation Army on Finnish film “? Who gives a monkeys about that ,? not even the Finns,and the Salvos would rather have a donation . Conclusion ,cut university funding totally on humanities ,theres a lot of waste there ,yiu want those courses you pay yourself . You

  18. Muddy

    The Ministry for Barbeques Recruitment Service could have done the job for far less.
    Hence our slogan: Get Far Less with MBRS!

  19. Des Deskperson

    ‘Next question should be – on what basis was the contract awarded ?’

    The Federal Acquisition Rule provides the legal and procedural framework for the procurement of goods and services by the US government. From the little that I know of it, it mandates similar standards of open competition and value for money as our own Commonwealth Procurement Rules. In the Commonwealth, there are, of course, ways one can get around these procedures in certain circumstances.

    ‘I would have thought that basic criminal record checks would take about five minutes these days’.

    In the APS, getting a security clearance needed to work with any sort of sensitive information can, in my experience, take up to 3-4 months. As other commenters have noted, it can be an expensive, thorough and – some would argue – an overly risk averse process. Ten months, on the other hand, does seem a bit of a stretch. I believe, BTW, that most Commonwealth security vetting is outsourced these days.

    Speaking of the public sector in general, it appears that the average – median, I assume – APS employee these days is:

    Female
    Aged 43
    an APS 6
    located in Canberra
    working in service delivery
    Has been 11 years in the APS.

    An APS 6 grosses just under $90,000 pa. The CPSU claim that the APS is mainly poorly-paid workers is now certifiably rubbish.

  20. David

    At least partially because Accenture had to pay for the required deep background investigations

    This has me ROFL. Big companies of the Accenture ilk are cons. Idiots pay top dollar for the biggest names no matter poor they actually are. Having witnessed the astonishing incompetence of Accenture “human capital” on multiple continents I can confirm that this article does not surprise me in the least.

    With figures this ridiculous though it is likely corruption pure and simple – a payoff for services rendered or an investment into future favours or a way to keep smaller competitors from getting their noses into the trough or possibly a behind the scenes gentlemen’s agreement for a percentage of the funds/profits to be channeled into favored politicians next run for office.

  21. Dr afred Lenin

    Obviously they do t subject entrants to the FBI ,DOJ and CIA to close scrutiny when you look at the number invloved in the Trump fit up ,seems any lying crim can get a job there as long as they are leftoid decromats and are prepared to cover up for the Crooked Clintons and help that liar mueller to fit Trump up . Suppse border security is more important than them , Border Security keep the border closed ,the others want it abolished as ordered by the soros owned u.n. Communist fascist globalist scum .

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