“OCIO [Office of the CIO] funded an intern program for a total of $2 million which, while funded as a security enhancement project, only resulted in one intern being hired full-time for ASOC [the Agriculture Security Operations Center]… This project is intended to develop and sustain a highly skilled IT security and computer technology workforce. Expenditures for FY 2010 and 2011 included over $686,000 for development and implementation of a networking website and approximately $192,500 in housing costs for two summers. While the intern program may be a beneficial step in the long-run, it did little to further the more pressing objective of improving USDA’s IT security.”
In the grand scheme of things, $2 million wasted seems like a drop in the bucket for the Obama administration. The story of the $2 million internship does, however, help illustrate the general incompetence of the federal bureaucracy. Running a cost-effective internship program may have been too much for federal bureaucrats, but I am sure they will get their act together in time to run our healthcare system in 2014.