Golden Hammer: Interior Department spends $50K for computers to sit in storage

Federal investigators found a stash of computers purchased by the federal government, but never used.

The machines, bought for more than $50,000 between 2009 and 2011 by the Interior Department, have been sitting in a storage room unused, thanks to bureaucratic bungles and poor oversight, according to a report by the department's inspector general.

Out of 140 computers, only 8 were ever given to federal employees. The rest have been sitting in the Interior Department's Washington, D.C., headquarters in unopened boxes.

Although $50,000 is not a large amount in the realm of government waste, it's an amount can start to add up across the board. Similar problems - equipment being bought and then never used - have been reported at several other federal agencies.

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