The “most transparent administration in history” has struck again.
This time it was the Department of Labor, which tried to charge the Associated Press more than $1 million for providing a list of secret email addresses of political appointees.
The excuse was that the Department would have to pull some 2,200 computer backup tapes from storage, pay 50 people to go over them, identify the correct tapes and ship them to a vendor, a process which would take about three weeks and require paying each person around $2,500. The vendor would then take several more weeks.
First, some math. Paying 50 people $2,500 for three weeks’ work adds up to $125,000. Assuming the needed information will actually only be on about a dozen tapes, then shipping should be negligible. If you paid the vendor similarly to the government workers, add another $125,000. It should be less because that’s why government gets vendors, right? To cut costs, not pad budgets?
There aren’t going to be that many appointees in one department confirmed by the Senate, which has important issues like the name of the Redskins to attend to, so figure on the outside about 10 pages of email addresses when all is said and done, at a photocopying cost of $37,500 per page. Slap on a $375,000 stamp to send it to the Associated Press and, sure, you can see how it would cost over a million simolians for some email addresses.
Read More at Godfather Politics . By Tad Cronn.