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