Just two days after the Pentagon began furloughing hundreds of thousands of civilian personnel due to budget cuts, the Army ordered its second batch of televisions for the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay, an expense totaling more than $80,000 in the last two months.
The State Department through its Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs is planning to spend $95,000 to provide vocational training to Haitian inmates in textile production and assembly.
The taxpayer-funded National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $487,049 grant to a Brown University archaeologist for her “three-year study exploring gender, textiles and society in Iceland from the Viking Age to help to "mitigate climate change."
Just how dangerous is it to your health to shack up with a Mexican hooker? That’s the question at the heart of a five-year, $3,029,663 study by researchers at the University of California San Diego funded by the National Institutes of Health.
The mission of the State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) is to communicate U.S. diplomatic goals with foreign audiences abroad. But a recent report (insert) released in May by the Office of the Inspector General found that the bureau’s use of social media to advance that mission – including spending $630,000 to increase its number of Facebook “friends” – has produced disappointing results.
A team of U.S. scientists will spend more than $94,000 of taxpayer money on travel costs when they attend a cyberinfrastructure workshop later this year in Vietnam instead of using existing technology to hold the conference online.
U.S. taxpayers will pay more than $64,000 for a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to develop a computer-based treatment program for schizophrenics in Brazil's state-run, government-funded healthcare system.
The Department of Health and Human Services through its Administration for Children & Families plans to spend almost $1 million on “transitional living programs” for homeless lesbian, gay, lesbian, transgender and/or questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
The federal government hopes spending half-million dollars researching ways to develop more energy efficient software for mobile applications – instead of a longer lasting battery – could eventually produce more energy efficient software for much larger programs.
The National Institutes of Health has provided a $375,087 federal grant to fund a Spanish-language ad campaign to convince gay, “foreign-born” Latinos – including illegal aliens – to take advantage of widely available taxpayer-funded healthcare services offering free condoms and HIV testing.
The Transportation Department’s Federal Highway Administration is planning to spend $1.8 million to encourage students to bike and walk to school through the establishment and operation of a National Safe Routes to School Clearinghouse.
An ongoing federally funded research project that has cost taxpayers $2.44 million has concluded, among other things, that "deportation and loneliness" led former illegal aliens in Tijuana, Mexico to use drugs and patronize prostitutes.
The National Science Foundation is paying two scientists $98,349.00 to “conduct three field sessions of bioarchaeological and geospatial research on the Bronze Age (ca. 3100-2000 BC) mortuary sites in northern Oman.”
A team from Williams College in Massachusetts will study the “political dynamics” of the Maya people between 600-830 AD in the ancient town of Motul de San Jose. According to the grant application, the study will help grant application was that the study will promote “sustainable stewardship and ecotourism in this important area of northern Guatemala.”
The Department of Health and Human Services is devoting $300,000 of taxpayer funds to help LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) victims of domestic violence through its agency Administration for Children & Families.