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Wasteful Spending law enforcment

Identify costs which illustrate wasteful spending from either your personal budget or your organizations budget.  Articulate why these costs were never eliminated.What benefit do these costs have in the daily operation or your daily life or workplace?  Do you see these costs being eliminated in the future? Why or why not?  Should other people be solicited for input before the costs are eliminated? How do you quantify your decision as a good one?

According to the Tax Policy Center Without action from the President and Congress, the Tax Policy Center estimates middle class families will pay roughly $2,000 in additional taxes per year.  This is a significant blow to our already weak economic recovery. Think about this Approved $6,200 for Michigan officials to purchase sno-cone machines the recipients claimed would attract volunteers to community events and could fill ice packs in an emergency according to Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK).

But, yet according Tom Coburn (R-OK) Homeland Security wastes a lot of money according to a report on wasteful spending from Tom Coburn (R-OK). Keep this in mind Homeland Security spent over $35 billion on grants since 2003.  While some of the grants undoubtedly have value, the Federal Government should not be using tax dollars and adding to the $16 trillion national debt to buy sno-cone machines. 

In Lowell during police department sting they had caught three local establishments that sold alcohol to minors. These three establishments were brought up on charges during a meeting of the city License Commission. None of the establishments had a prior record so it as voted to place the complaints on file, thus no course of action was taken. The person in charge of its case is the Capt. Jonathan Wood who is also the department’s top detective. There were to detectives Callahan, and Desilets. While Golner, the head of the special Investigations unit. All three collected to plus two hours overtime to appear at the hearing of which they did not participate. For showing up Golner earned $296.07 and Callahan $219.22. Union contracts also allow members to take comp time, which is precisely what Webb and Desilets did. Some thought it a scam so the officers could get more money. But according to police Deputy Police Supt. Ryan Jr, Often times the commission will want to cross examine someone other than those involved in the case. Ryan also said there was no way around it. Politics are another reason Police Superintendent Kenneth Lavallee, who wants to be known as the law-and-order police chief, went on record several months back criticizing the commission for being too lenient with establishments that violate liquor laws (Scott, 2012).

Wasteful spending of money occurs when one uses and disposes off money without proper use and cannot account on how he spent the money. No benefits can be realized from the money spent since much has been directed on unimportant things.  Example of wasteful spending can be identified in a health organization where much money is budgeted and at times the money is not well spent. This is caused by purchases of some redundant medicine which is rarely used and other forms of tests that are conducted but are inappropriate. Other costs incurred in a personal level include obesity in that the person could have foregone the costs he incurs in the hospital could he have led the right lifestyle and eating habits to avoid being obese.

  Some wasteful costs are hard to avoid or eliminate since they are included in our basic lives. In the case of a health organization the redundant medicine and tests carried out both incur costs but are mainly meant to be for protective measures in times of need and the tests being carried is mainly for education purposes in case of such a situation taking place thereby making the costs unavoidable (Bell, et al. 2006). Some of these costs have benefits in that they are used in that they are helpful in case of cyclical budgeting and they could help managers to avoid such mistakes in future and therefore a cost benefit analysis should be conducted to avoid these costs.


Costs incurred in wasteful spending should be eliminated since they do not have any benefits at individual or organizational level. Much of these costs attribute to the failure of an effective business. These costs could be eliminated using a cost benefit analysis in future so as to make sure each  cost is well accounted for and the returns can be clearly seen. Other people in the organization should be solicited since a cost could be termed as a wasteful cost yet from another point of view it could be benefiting therefore a cost should only be done with if most people agree it’s wasteful. This decision would be benefiting since it would help in identifying the costs that are really wasteful and those that seem wasteful but have some benefits in return.


Bell C.M., Urbach D.R., Ray J.G. et al. (March 2006) “Bias in published cost effectiveness   studies: systematic review.”BJM 332 (7543):699-703.

Lazich, M. (2012, December 6). Wasteful Spending Illustrates Room for Federal Spending Cuts. Retrieved from legis.wisconsin.gov/.../Wasteful-Spending...Federal-Spending-Cuts.aspx Cached

Scott, C. (2012, June 28). blogs.lowellsun.com/.../wise-or-wasteful-spending...police-department Retrieved from http://blogs.lowellsun.com/thecolumn/2012/06/28/wise-or-wasteful-spending-by-the-lowell-police-department/#sthash.j46GG8xt.dpuf

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