Meeting spending is in the political crosshairs again. The Office of the Inspector General issued a report Tuesday, September 20, criticizing excessive conference spending by the Department of Justice in 2008 and 2009. By Wednesday a $16 muffin was fast becoming a new symbol of government waste, and by Thursday at least one politician, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R.-Iowa), was calling for firings at the DOJ as a result of the report. OIG’s 122-page “Audit of Department of Justice Conference ...

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