Millions spent on energy renovations weren’t worth it 

Who: Department of Veterans Affairs


What: Spending $61.6 million on renovating a building in Roanoke, Va., for energy-saving improvements. Most of the project will be paid for using $50.9 million in taxpayer-funded stimulus, but there will be another $10.7 million spent to move the office and pay the rent for the three locations.


Why it’s an outrage: The agency did not conduct a cost-benefit analysis before committing the stimulus funds to the renovation, and that should be obvious: All of this money is being spent to lower energy costs, but last year’s energy bill was $600,000. Assuming that as the average, even if the new buildings had magically free energy, it would still take more than 100 years to realize the savings.


Where to vent: Call the inspector general at (800) 488-8244.

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