Remember those new e-Passports we had to have right away or the terrists would win? (I can’t believe I’m linking to the Washington Times for non-snark related reasons):
The Times reported yesterday that the GPO chose two European computer chip makers over U.S. manufacturers to make tens of millions of electronic passports. The passports are being assembled in Thailand by one company that was a victim of Chinese economic espionage.
I’m not saying the Thais are GOING 2 KILL US. I’m just saying that if you decide make the litmus test for being a true American the ability to shit your pants at the mere thought of a brown foreign guy who isn’t 100% in luv with the U.S. of A. then you might want to keep your passport production within the borders of the country.
And from another article by (WTF, has Satan opened an ice-skating rink?) The Washington Times:
The Government Printing Office’s decision to export the work has proved lucrative, allowing the agency to book more than $100 million in recent profits by charging the State Department more money for blank passports than it actually costs to make them, according to interviews with federal officials and documents obtained by The Times.
The profits have raised questions both inside the agency and in Congress because the law that created GPO as the federal government’s official printer explicitly requires the agency to break even by charging only enough to recover its costs.
And we must again go to The Washington Times to find out how the GPO responsibly invested that money in a very safe pension fund (and then we must go outside to look for the cows coming home under the blue moon):
When the government’s main printing agency booked $100 million in unexpected profit it went on a spending spree: large bonuses to top managers, trips to Paris and Las Vegas, and an official photo of the boss that cost $10,000.
The bonuses, some nearly as high as $13,000, and travel are raising questions among congressional investigators and Government Printing Office officials about whether the agency is misusing its newfound wealth and whether it received the proper authority for some of the larger compensation payments from the Office of Budget and Management.
Mismanagement of money? In this government? Why, that’s as likely as a decent investigative piece from the Washington Times.