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Coin for Coins Report 1

Coin for Coins Report 1

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Investigative report into commemorative and promotional items spending at federal agencies.
Investigative report into commemorative and promotional items spending at federal agencies.

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Published by: CauseOfAction on Oct 09, 2012
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Coin for Coins:Federal Agency Spending onPromotional and Commemorative Items
October 9, 2012
 
Coin for Coins
Page 2
Table of Contents
I.
Executive Summary .............................................................................................................3
II.
Investigative Timeline ..........................................................................................................4
III.
Current Federal Spending on Promotional Items.................................................................5
A.
United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development .....................................9
B.
United States Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services ...........11
C.
United States Department of Homeland Security, Ofce of Inspector General
..........13
D.
United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service ..........14
E.
United States Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service ..........................16
F.
United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Alaska Region ..................18
G.
United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southwestern Region .......18
H.
United States Department of Energy, Ofce of Inspector General
..............................20
I.
United States Department of Defense ..........................................................................20
IV.
Conclusion .........................................................................................................................21
 
Page 3Coin for Coins
I.Executive Summary
Asix-monthinvestigation of thirty-two United States federal agency offices revealsspending patterns and decisions by numerous agencies that potentially violate President Obama’sExecutive Order 13589,which instructs agencies to “limit the purchase of promotionalitems(e.g., plaques, clothingand commemorative items), in particular where they are not cost-effective.”Cause of Action, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that uses investigative, legal, andcommunications tools to educate the public on how government accountability and transparency protects taxpayer interests and economic opportunity, submitted Freedom of Information Act(FOIA) requests to multiple agencies regarding their spending on items categorized ascommemorative.Using FOIA productions from nine different agency offices as well as publicly availablegovernment spending data, Cause of Action found a wide spectrum of taxpayer dollar expenditureson items considered “promotional” and/or “commemorative.”These findings are presented in this report. In determining which agencies to scrutinize, investigators at Cause of Action examin
ed Government Accountability Office(GAO)
reports, department Inspectors
General reports
,and investigations by members of Congress. Based on those sourcesand Causeof Action’s investigation, it was determined that numerous agencies have a history of questionable decisions in their procurement of promotional items and that their expendituresshould be furtherexamined. Nine federal agency offices are analyzedin this report:1.USDA, Rural Development (RD)2.United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Community OrientedPolicing Services (COPS)3.United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office ofInspector 
General (OIG)
4.United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food Safety and InspectionService (FSIS)5.United States Department of the Interior (DOI), Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)6.USDA, Forest Service (FS),Alaska Region7.USDA, FS,Southwestern Region8.
Department of Energy (DOE), OIG
9.United States Department of Defense(DOD)Among the $1,123,118 of spending revealed in this report:
DOJ COPS spent over $12,000 on commemorative items for a single conference.
DHS OIG offices spent nearly $700,000 on awards in fiscal year 2010.
DOI FWS spent over $86,000 on commemorative items between 2009 and 2012.

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