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Stars & Stripes is reporting that the Department of Veterans Affairs spent a grand total of $52,000 on this video played at a conference for employees.
The Veterans Affairs Department allegedly spent $52,000 to produce an 18-minute video parodying the movie “Patton” as part of two training conferences now being investigated for wasteful spending.
At least three key lawmakers have sent letters to the Veterans Affairs Department demanding further details on two multimillion-dollar federal training conferences held in Florida last summer, specifically asking about a video featuring an actor reprising the famous opening scene from the 1970 film “Patton.”
Republican Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, is pressing the Obama administration for detailed records on multi-million-dollar conferences the Department of Veterans Affairs has conducted over the past three years.
First there was the General Services Administration’s Las Vegas blowout. Now there’s the Department of Veterans Affairs’ “Patton” parody. And it’s attracted the attention of an influential pair of Republicans, House oversight committee chair Darrell Issa of California and Texas Sen. John Cornyn, chair of the Senate Republicans’ campaign committee.