For his Federal Eye blog this morning, Ed O’Keefe asked readers to help with his upcoming year-end review. Vote on or suggest what the biggest “head slams desk” moments of the year was for the Federal Government. Some examples include:
— The Obama administration attempts to relaunch the USAJobs.govsite after saying that a private company couldn’t manage it effectively. Then the site crashes because of increased traffic.
— The government comes within one hour of officially shutting down in April as Congress and the White House spar over federal spending levels. The gridlock forces federal employees to brush off contingency plans not seen since 1994.
— The Justice Department’s watchdog issues a report claiming officials once paid for $16 muffins served at a Washington conference. The report is later revised, but not before the Obama administration forces every federal agency to review conference and party policies.
We want GovLoopers’ input. Are there other examples of government mistakes and mismanagement we forgot? Check out what our readers and tweeps are saying here (Solyndra and near-shutdown are getting lots of votes from them). Share your thoughts on those moments – as well as the highlights – in the comments or on Twitter using #govoops.