Wastebook 2010: A Fun Look at Government Spending

Wastebook 2010
Wastebook 2010

The award for the most entertaining government publication of the Year has to go to Senator Tom Coburn’s Wastebook 2010. It’s a guide to the 100 most wasteful federal spending projects of the year. Coburn, known as a champion of fiscal responsibility in his opposition to earmarks and unchecked government spending, identifies $11.5 billion worth of wasteful spending. The reports gives each target a humorous and engaging title such as “Carrousel Museum Takes Taxpayers for a Spin” and “Federal Study Investigates Cow Burps.”

Unnecessary office printing costs taxpayers $930 million in waste each year.

Wasteful Printing
Wasteful Printing

The Department of Defense (DOD) spends $1.4 billion on office printing, 34% of which, according to the 2009 Lexmark Government Printing Report, is unnecessary. The average federal employee costs their agency an average of $500 each year in office printing. This doesn’t even factor in the negative environmental impacts of the 6.5 billion pages of paper consumed annually.

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My Professional Excellence Grant Experience

By Joanne Gialelis, Library Assistant II, Utah State Law Library

The Utah State Library Division’s UPLIFT Professional Excellence Grant provided me with an excellent opportunity.  With this grant award, I was able to pay for a Collection Management course and apply the credits towards my graduate degree program at SJSU’s School of Library and Information Science. This course showed me how collections are built and changed over time. There was much discussion of the obstacles and challenges faced when trying to build and maintain a strong, relevant collection.  These obstacles include censorship challenges, copyright issues and the increasing annual costs of books, videos, and periodicals.

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Stimulus $$$ and Utah libraries

Everyone’s wondering about stimulus money and how Utah librarians can get  it. Here’s my answer, and that’s just it, my answer. The thing is, we don’t want to miss out. Deseret News said that Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County will get most of the money. I don’t want it to slip by the rest of us.

The website to track is http://recovery.utah.gov/. It shows $ coming to Utah, $ being spent, and on what.

There is the Guide to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for Utah. Take a look at that.

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Preservation Assistance Grant training

April 3 2009,  10-11 am or 2-3 pm Mountain Time

BCR’s Digital and Preservation Services (DPS) provides free assistance to help you through the Preservation Assistance Grant (PAG) application process. Small- to medium-sized institutions can apply for $6000 to preserve and care for their collections through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)’s Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions. Eligible institutions include non-profit libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, arts and cultural organizations, and town and county records offices.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:


Federal Recovery Grant Money for Library Broadband

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law No. 111-5, will be providing $4.7 billion establishing the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. This program will fund eligible entities to develop and expand broadband services to rural and underserved areas and to improve access to broadband by public safety agencies.

At least $200 million of this funding will be available in grants for upgrading broadband at public computing centers including community college libraries and public libraries.

Get the details about these broadband grants at: