Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Taxpayers paid a $25,000 bar tab for OR "scientists"

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The audit, released Monday by the Department of Energy's inspector general, said the lab spent $236,300 on food and beverages for 318 people attending a four-day conference it hosted in Boston last year — almost 400 percent of the federal daily allowance.

Registration fees were used to pay for entertainment expenses, including a $25,000 bar tab at two conferences in Knoxville in 2006 and 2007. Some federal and contractor attendees may have even been reimbursed twice for meals on their travel vouchers, auditors said.