Federal bureaucrats spend as much as $13 billion each year on travel, though that number is just a rough guess since the government is too incompetent to keep track of expenses. It also is no surprise to learn, as reported by the Federal Times, that the federal government has no ability to monitor how the money is being spent.
Gee, one would almost think that there is a lesson to be learned about the likelihood of waste when bureaucrats get to spend other people’s money:
The government knows what it spends on travel but not how. The General Services Administration estimates agencies spend $11 billion to $13 billion a year on business trips, but lacks the ability to say exactly where the money goes.