Our entire system is run by grifters.

Via Washington Times.

A public university used federal funding for scientific research as its own personal piggy bank, spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on personalized Snuggies, pottery, and a trip to Hawaii, according to a new audit report.

The University of Washington spent $8,821 of National Science Foundation (NSF) grant money on unallowable promotional items and gifts, including personalized Snuggie blankets, according to audit from NSF’s Inspector General.

The wasteful purchases included $3,920 for canvas bags, mini optical mice and custom Snuggies and an additional $1,179 for embroidered Snuggies.

According to the audit, the university used the NSF’s transaction card as its own personal credit card. Auditors found $12,868 worth of unsupported purchases, including $441 “to purchase pottery for the creation of an education outreach kit,” $260 for luggage and $2,471 for a workshop lunch.

Auditors also cited the university for spending $23,372 on a trip to Hawaii that was “not allocable to two of three of the NSF awards to which it was charged.”

University of Washington “personnel did not adequately review the expenditures charged to the NSF awards which resulted in unsupportable and unallocable costs. Without a process in place to ensure costs are supported by adequate documentation and allocable to the award, there is the increased risk that funds may not be used as required to accomplish the necessary project objectives in accordance with federal and NSF requirements,” the report states.

Yeah, we figured that.


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  1. Alain41 says:

    Huskies need Snuggies? Colleges really are wimpifying.
    (Apologies to fellow wimps. Not you Obama.)

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