U.S. government agency spends $20,000 for drumsticks

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By: David Ross 

U.S. government agencies continue to spend taxpayer money like there is no tomorrow.

The General Services Administration is back in the crosshairs of U.S. Congress, after the Inspector Supervisory Authority of the Secretary-General reported to Congress on new "atrocious waste of taxpayer dollars".

Just months after the agency was rocked about their grand Las Vegas party, the GSA is a facing a review of wasteful spending during another awards ceremony performance for their employees.

This time, the agency is under investigation for spending $268,732 on a one day conference for the Federal Acquisition Service in Arlington, Virginia.

More than $20,000 of taxpayer money was spent on drumsticks for 4,000 attendees, over $8,500 for an appearance by someone named "Agent X", according to preliminary findings of the Inspector General.

The event, held at the Crystal City Gateway Marriott just outside Washington, D.C., also included expenses of over $35,000 for picture frames, $20,000 in catering costs, and additional funding for a violinist and a guitarist.

"This is another sad day for the taxpayers of the United States," said Rep. John Mica, Republican chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

"This sounds almost incredible to have this kind of waste whent the government is running billions of dollars in deficits, it boils the blood of absolutely everyone."

The outrage was bipartisan.