Sunday, August 06, 2017

Interior Department Land Acquisitions : What? I Have No Idea!

Here's something that we, Conservatives and others that appear to be conscious, can agree on is that it's not only the Interior Department that is out of control as stated here, but the entire government is wasteful and incompetently corrupt. No matter where you look, the corruption is obvious with even the simplest investigation. And yet the government continues to grow and become more incompetent wasting $billions more. 

Why is this so hard to understand by our legislators? Millions of tax $dollars are wasted every day of the week if not every hour! Why is it so difficult to just say 'no more spending' until we know where the money is going?

The Interior Department is small potatoes compared to the Defense Department, or the Agriculture Department as just a few of the big waste monsters.

STOP! STOP and let the chips fall were they may? Give a warning to the states and all federal agencies and departments that there has to be a complete reckoning by a certain date, and if those that say they can't or won't, then the cuts will automatic.

The only exception would be California as there is on equivalence.

Every voter is aware of the waste and that to save the entire system from failing, hard choices have to be made. As a result of forcing millions of dependent individuals to seek help from private organization or if the dependent would actually have to fend for themselves. States would actually have to take responsibly for their own people. Neighbors having to reach out and help in their neighbor hoods. People helping other people.

At election time it would be interesting to see just who stays in power and who goes.

Government Has No Clue How Much Land It Bought With $815 Million
Ethan Barton / /    

Interior Department officials have no idea how much land they bought for $815 million, nor if the properties are being used for their intended purpose, a government watchdog reported Wednesday.
The department’s officials couldn’t provide its inspector general with data about land purchase programs, the watchdog’s report said. The inspector general consequently surveyed 108 programs and found that 16 of them awarded 701 grants between 2014 and 2015 to purchase $815 million worth of land. acquisitions
The Interior Department “does not centrally track information about grants awarded for the purpose of acquiring land,” the inspector general said, adding:

As such, [the Interior Department] is unable to identify how much grant money has been used to purchase land, how much land has been purchased and whether that land is being used for its intended purpose. Without an adequate process in place to monitor funds used to purchase land, [the department] is potentially exposed to significant risk of wasted funds.

Additionally, less than half of the 278 grant recipients reported their land inventories to the department programs that funded them, which violated federal regulations, according to the report.

With “less than 44 percent of grantees reporting … we are concerned that both the awarding agencies and the grantees are either unaware or noncompliant,” the report said. The failure to provide inventories, it said, “coupled with the fact that [the Interior Department] is not tracking the awards centrally, could hamper monitoring efforts to ensure that land is being used properly.”

The inspector general found one case where a bar was built on conservation land and another where “a reservoir designated for breeding fish stock had been completely drained,” the report said.
The inspector general noted the data is likely incomplete, meaning the watchdog’s figures were likely underestimated. The “number of grants and land value could be substantially higher than what we were able to determine through our survey,” the report said.

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