Magical “Conference” Paid for by Taxpayers

Florida Republican Rep. Sandy Adams is digging into a federal agency she said has misused millions in taxpayer dollars for, among other things, a trip to Disney World.

Adams said in a statement that a whistleblower gave her documents from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership that show the agency used millions for a conference at a lavish resort near Disney World in Florida.

“The information I have obtained is astounding,” Adams said. “According to the documents that I am in possession of, the NIST MEP most recently spent anywhere between $3 to $5 million dollars on an annual conference at a resort near Walt Disney World in Florida. It appears that taxpayer dollars are recklessly being spent on lavish resorts, expensive meals, and golf outings around the country. At a time when our nation is saddled with nearly $16 trillion in debt and people are struggling to put food on the table, this gross mismanagement of taxpayer funds should be investigated.”

Adams has asked House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa and Georgia Republican Rep. Paul Broun – the chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight – to investigate the matter.

Adams is comparing this alleged government waste to the recent General Services Administration spending scandal.
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