Why is it so hard for government to look for resources that already exist? As someone who’s managed social media accounts for the government I understand the challenge. The inclination is still for the need to “own” and “create” rather than collaborate. Even when it comes to training videos or conference entertainment, there is no need for government agencies to spend thousands on products with no enduring value or deliverable to the American taxpayer.
Take this $52,000 Veterans Administration training video, just one part of an excessive conference that cost the American taxpayer over $5 million and no doubt took resources away from veterans who need them.
In the meantime, however, check out this video, released just this week by U.S. Army Infantry soldiers stationed in Kunar, Afghanistan. Cost of this, actually entertaining, actually watchable video? A lot of talent, a lot of spare hours, and a priceless reward of morale boosting to the service members and their families.
Why is this kind of spending still happening? Why can’t the government use what it’s got? I’d be curious to hear from others.