NOAA's Party Boat

A boat is a hole in the water into which you pour money.  An old cliché, and very, very true. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), while not yet reaching the level of cliché, has become a euphemism for inept management. NOAA's Fisheries Service Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) in Seattle bought a boat -- a very fancy boat, a "luxurious" boat, a boat that cost $300,787.  You can view a sales video of the boat here.  Indulge yourself -- see how the 1% lives. The boat was delivered in June 2008 and was used by OLE personnel for personal entertainment.  The first operational patrol was in June 2009, a year after the boat had been delivered.  It was taken out of service in September 2010 after a total of just nine operational patrols. Much of the factual information in this essay comes from a response by the Department of Commerce to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts.  The FOIA response...(Read Full Article)