It’s not uncommon for groups to create silly, low-budget training videos in an effort to keep employees engaged—but the IRS has gotten into some very hot water for dropping $60,000 in taxpayer money to make an absolutely terrible Star Trek parody. Beam us up, income tax team!
Back in 2010, the U.S. government’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) spent approximately $60,000 to create two training videos, namely the Trek spoof and a Gilligan’s Island spoof. Every dollar counts when you’re talking taxpayers, and after seeing the clip, it looks like it could’ve been made in a fan’s basement for about $50 and a few pizzas.
So when a congressman ran across that line item in the budget and asked some questions, the IRS apologized and said they’ve since "instituted tough new standards for videos to prevent situations" like this one. Agreeing with taxpayers and Trek fans everywhere, the IRS statement went on to note: "There is no mistaking that this video did not reflect the best stewardship of resources."
Next time, here’s hoping the IRS will leave the checkbook at home and just reach out to some interested cosplayers.
Because this is just really, really bad:
(Via The Verge)