Coburn to Holder: Slash Spending on Conferences

Friday, 14 Jun 2013 02:05 PM

By Dan Weil

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Sen. Tom Coburn sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder Thursday, demanding the Justice Department cut its spending on conferences.

The letter asks for an accounting of the $58 million the department doled out for conferences in fiscal 2012, saying the trips were too expensive, according to Yahoo News.

"In FY 2012, DOJ spent more than $58 million on conferences," the Oklahoma Republican wrote. "Such spending should be significantly reduced, especially during times of fiscal challenges."

"For example, DOJ’s conferences last year included nearly $500,000 for 30 DOJ employees to attend a conference in Indonesia, nearly $200,000 for just four DOJ employees to attend a seminar in Senegal, and more than $100,000 on a summit in the Northern Mariana Islands that did not include a single DOJ attendee," Coburn added.

While the Justice Department has been able to avoid furloughing law enforcement officers in the wake of the government sequester, it previously said it might have to do so, Coburn noted, adding that the department “should not be threatening to furlough law enforcement agents while . . . sending bureaucrats on international junkets."




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