Saturday, March 23, 2013
Wait . . . production studio?
Nobody's going to win an Emmy for a parody of the TV show "Star Trek" filmed by Internal Revenue Service employees at an agency studio in Maryland.
Instead, the IRS got a rebuke from Congress for wasting taxpayer dollars.
The IRS said Friday it was a mistake for employees to make the six-minute video. It was shown at the opening of a 2010 training and leadership conference but does not appear to have any training value.
The agency said it has tightened controls over the use of its production equipment to "ensure that all IRS videos are handled in a judicious manner that makes wise use of taxpayer funds while ensuring a tone and theme appropriate for the nation's tax system."
Okay, can someone please start by asking the question - why does the Internal Revenue Service even have a dedicated "agency studio" with "production equipment?"
And, presumably, people on its payroll to operate the equipment and edit the films?
I would have figured that if the tax collecting agency of the federal government needed a video for training or informational purposes, they would contract with a production company whose purpose is to make such things.