Bathed in irony: Probing stimulus waste at the Ritz Carleton

Rick Moran
Ferreting out waste in government is, as you can well imagine, strenuous work. First, there's so much of it. Second, those responsible for looking into the dark corners and recesses of our government for profligate use of the taxpayer coin need to be at their best in order to do a good job.

Yeah...but staying at a 5 star resort hotel to find it?

Byron York:

Members of a key panel created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the stimulus bill, have scheduled a meeting on November 22 to consider ways to prevent "fraud, waste, and abuse of Recovery Act funds." The meeting will be held at the super-luxe Ritz Carlton Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona.The group is the Recovery Independent Advisory Panel, a sub-committee of the larger Recovery Accountability and Transparency board (sometimes known as the RAT board). The stimulus bill set up the Recovery Independent Advisory Panel, or RIAP, to make recommendations to identify and prevent waste of the bill's $814 billion in stimulus spending.

"The purpose of the November 22, 2010 meeting is to allow the RIAP to have an open dialogue, with input from the public, on issues relating to fraud, waste, and abuse of Recovery Act funds," says a notice in the Federal Register. Specifically, participants in the meeting will discuss various techniques to detect and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse, as well as larger issues of transparency and public awareness. Portions of the meeting will be open to the public, while other parts will be closed.

The Ritz-Carlton is located "in the midst of the picturesque Camelback Corridor, the city's premier shopping, dining and financial district," according the hotel's website. Hungry waste-and-abuse hunters can dine in the "casual elegance, relaxed atmosphere and uniquely inviting ambiance of the European-inspired bistro 24." Or they can enjoy Afternoon Tea in the "uniquely warm and inviting" Lobby Lounge. And at any time, waste-and-abuse watchdogs who also enjoy golf will be "just minutes from some of the best courses in the world," including the Tournament Players Club, the Arizona Biltmore, and several others.

My heart goes out to members of the RAT board. It certainly is hard work spending taxpayer's money wastefully with one hand, while seeking out waste with the other. But, bureaucrats are sometimes called upon to be creative and this is absolutely one of those times.

So I say good luck and godspeed to all the RATs who will be living the high life at my expense. Get a massage on me, mkay?

Hat Tip: Ed Lasky

Ferreting out waste in government is, as you can well imagine, strenuous work. First, there's so much of it. Second, those responsible for looking into the dark corners and recesses of our government for profligate use of the taxpayer coin need to be at their best in order to do a good job.

Yeah...but staying at a 5 star resort hotel to find it?

Byron York:

Members of a key panel created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the stimulus bill, have scheduled a meeting on November 22 to consider ways to prevent "fraud, waste, and abuse of Recovery Act funds." The meeting will be held at the super-luxe Ritz Carlton Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona.

The group is the Recovery Independent Advisory Panel, a sub-committee of the larger Recovery Accountability and Transparency board (sometimes known as the RAT board). The stimulus bill set up the Recovery Independent Advisory Panel, or RIAP, to make recommendations to identify and prevent waste of the bill's $814 billion in stimulus spending.

"The purpose of the November 22, 2010 meeting is to allow the RIAP to have an open dialogue, with input from the public, on issues relating to fraud, waste, and abuse of Recovery Act funds," says a notice in the Federal Register. Specifically, participants in the meeting will discuss various techniques to detect and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse, as well as larger issues of transparency and public awareness. Portions of the meeting will be open to the public, while other parts will be closed.

The Ritz-Carlton is located "in the midst of the picturesque Camelback Corridor, the city's premier shopping, dining and financial district," according the hotel's website. Hungry waste-and-abuse hunters can dine in the "casual elegance, relaxed atmosphere and uniquely inviting ambiance of the European-inspired bistro 24." Or they can enjoy Afternoon Tea in the "uniquely warm and inviting" Lobby Lounge. And at any time, waste-and-abuse watchdogs who also enjoy golf will be "just minutes from some of the best courses in the world," including the Tournament Players Club, the Arizona Biltmore, and several others.

My heart goes out to members of the RAT board. It certainly is hard work spending taxpayer's money wastefully with one hand, while seeking out waste with the other. But, bureaucrats are sometimes called upon to be creative and this is absolutely one of those times.

So I say good luck and godspeed to all the RATs who will be living the high life at my expense. Get a massage on me, mkay?

Hat Tip: Ed Lasky