IRS boldly spends $60,000 on ‘Star Trek’ training video

http://twitter.com/#!/SharylAttkisson/status/315248873704677378

Do you want to see the “Star Trek” training video the IRS shot? You might as well — you paid for it.

CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson has distinguished herself as a journalist with her reporting on Benghazigate and Fast and Furious, but it doesn’t take an investigative reporter to know how well $60,000 worth of amateur video will fly while White House tours are being cut because of sequestration.

CBS: IRS spends $60k tax dollars making a Star Trek parody “training” video at the IRS television studios using IRS employees as actors…

— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) March 22, 2013

@sharylattkisson That sequestration really hurts, huh?

— Chris Treloar (@Callipygiad) March 22, 2013

@sharylattkisson For 60k they could get REAL actors. Oodles of them. And real writers. Can you imagine what the script reads like?

— foxxumekk (@foxxumekk) March 22, 2013

There was also a Gilligan’s Island parody IRS training video.

— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) March 22, 2013

The IRS says the videos can save tax $ by replacing in-person training. (But IRS did say it’s put new systems in place to avoid a repeat.)

— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) March 22, 2013

The IRS videos aren’t likely to sit well w/some Americans & members of Congress as fed agencies complain about sequestration cuts.

— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) March 22, 2013

@sharylattkisson it’s good to know that air traffic control is expendable while the BS continues unabated.

— Allen Wentz (@allenwentz) March 22, 2013

Post your reviews below. Even the IRS seems reluctant to give two thumbs up to this effort, going by the statement the department issued:

The space parody video from 2010 is not reflective of overall IRS video efforts, which provide critical information to taxpayers and cost-effective employee training critical to running the nation’s tax system. In addition, the IRS has instituted tough new standards for videos to prevent situations similar to the 2010 video.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/03/22/set-taxpayers-to-stunned-irs-boldly-spends-60000-on-star-trek-training-video/

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