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Excuse Me Homeland Security Department, How Do You Lose Two Forklifts?
Independence Institute ^ | March 3rd, 2009 | Jon Caldara

Posted on 03/03/2009 8:46:05 AM PST by george76

One small federal agency "lost" over 2,000 items at an average cost of $3,128 per item in just one year...

The Customs and Border Patrol agency is tasked with tracking things as diverse as goods coming into the country, as well as the entry of persons (both legal and illegal) into the U.S.

Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has a difficult time keeping possession of the very assets that enable them to do their job, items like computers, digital cameras, and night-vision goggles...

The compilation of items extends up to 58 pages, and totals $7.1 million. No fewer than 171 desktop computers ... were identified as lost.

Overall, the Department of Homeland Security identified roughly $32 million in lost, stolen or damaged property in 2007.

"Maybe the guy who took the forklift needed it to carry away all the other 'lost' stuff.”

(Excerpt) Read more at i2i.org ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: homelandsecurity; hsa

1 posted on 03/03/2009 8:46:05 AM PST by george76
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To: george76

I’m sure an illegal alien is just using the forklifts to the jobs Americans won’t do.


2 posted on 03/03/2009 8:48:26 AM PST by Tex Pete (Obama for Change: from our pockets, our piggy banks, and our couch cushions!)
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To: george76

That’s nothing, Tucson school district (TUSD) has lost multiple walk-in refrigerators. And then they come begging us for more money.


3 posted on 03/03/2009 8:48:29 AM PST by razorboy
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To: george76

It’s well past time to defund HSA. Let the FBI and CIA handle that stuff.


4 posted on 03/03/2009 8:49:25 AM PST by mysterio
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To: george76
A typical problem with bureaucracies: no one knows who is responsible therefore no one is responsible, or "not my job"


5 posted on 03/03/2009 8:52:24 AM PST by dr_who
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To: george76

Don’t ask me - I just work at the help desk.


6 posted on 03/03/2009 9:02:57 AM PST by Tennessee_Bob (Save the Hispaniolan Solenodon!)
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To: razorboy

7 posted on 03/03/2009 9:03:29 AM PST by rednesss (fascism is the union,marriage,merger or fusion of corporate economic power with governmental power)
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To: razorboy

Maybe the forklifts were stolen to move the Walk in Refrigerators. I mean you just wouldn’t walk off with them.


8 posted on 03/03/2009 9:08:04 AM PST by NoMarxist2010 (Rush: I hope he fails meant Rush wants Obama's SOCIALISTIC PROGRAMS to fail.)
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To: george76

It’s really pretty simple. People working at that agency are stealing these things.


9 posted on 03/03/2009 9:09:02 AM PST by Venturer
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10 posted on 03/03/2009 9:10:39 AM PST by stormer
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To: george76

Fewer things would be ‘lost’ if the person who had it in his possession had to pay for it if it came up missing.


11 posted on 03/03/2009 9:11:42 AM PST by RobinOfKingston (Democrats, the party of evil. Republicans, the party of stupid.)
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To: NoMarxist2010

The funny part is nobody knows where they’d go. As far as need/ ability to use goes they’ve got all the fridges they need. But when they did an asset audit they found they’d bought two more walk-ins than they had, plus they had a few missing tractors and other stuff. TUSD has a long history of alternating between morons and crooks at the top of the food chain, not sure which group was ascendant when they “lost” the fridges.


12 posted on 03/03/2009 9:14:23 AM PST by razorboy
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Kind of like Philly-the school district spent $124 million on textbooks a few years ago and can’t locate them.

http://www.philly.com/dailynews/top_story/20081202__124M_spent___Where_are_schools__books_.html?page=3&c=y

BTW-Arlene Ackerman, the dim bulb school superintendent, who sounds so ineffective in the artcle, gets a BASE salary of $325,000 (actually that was in ‘08—I’m sure she has gotten a raise since)


13 posted on 03/03/2009 9:42:20 AM PST by Mac from Cleveland (Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again---and J. Edgar, too)
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To: stormer

I don’t think they mentioned this scenario in my OSHA training, so I guess its OK...


14 posted on 03/03/2009 10:03:35 AM PST by 3Lean
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To: george76

that’s okay - factor in what they stole from american citizens at airports and they’ll break even.


15 posted on 03/03/2009 10:05:41 AM PST by Libertarian4Bush
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To: george76

One small federal agency=name one


16 posted on 03/03/2009 10:24:11 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: razorboy

Betch they paid for the walk-in fridges, and never got them...

A CLASSIC method of payoffs to a vendor...


17 posted on 03/03/2009 12:10:42 PM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: ridesthemiles

Either that or the vendor was a cousin and they really paid themselves. TUSD’s reign of stupidity has gone on since at least the Ford administration. And they always act all offended when their bonds and emergency budget overrides fail.


18 posted on 03/03/2009 12:12:48 PM PST by razorboy
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To: Vaduz
One small federal agency=name one

Dept. of Defense.

Next year.

19 posted on 03/03/2009 12:26:59 PM PST by tnlibertarian (Wealth is earned, not distributed.)
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To: 3Lean

20 posted on 03/03/2009 12:46:45 PM PST by stormer
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To: Mac from Cleveland
From that article: Y'know, I didn't have text-books to take home for most of my classes also back in the 50's-60's, but the Teachers would either give us copies or mimeographed pages to use. Of course, thanks to the idiots in Congress and the excessive copyright terms in place now, they'd likely be doing jail time!

Old saying: Those that can, do; those that can't, teach; those that can't do or teach, administrate! Sure seems that's true in Philly.

21 posted on 03/03/2009 1:39:46 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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