HR Strange But True!
May 13, 2003

As inspector general of the U.S. Postal Service, Karla Corcoran has the task of rooting out waste in the agency. But her critics say Corcoran herself has been wasteful - and a little odd about it, too.

Citing complaints from present Postal Service employees, two U.S. senators, and a citizen taxpayers' group, ABC News reports that Corcoran tried to promote teamwork by conducting exercises in which employees built sand castles, gingerbread houses and tents made of newspapers. On other occasions, they were required to dress up as the Village People and wear cat costumes.

And last year, with the Postal Service projecting huge losses, the Inspector General's office hosted a conference where Corcoran was suspended on a web of strings. How much did that cost? Estimates vary, according to ABC. Corcoran puts the tab at $615,000; whistleblowers say it's close to $1 million.

"It's a waste of taxpayers' money but, most importantly, that's a million dollars that could be used by that agency to make sure that the billions of dollars that the Postal Service spends is going to be wisely spent," said Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

Grassley is investigating the IG, as is the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency.


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