Despite a backlog of claims from needy veterans and staggering health care costs, the Department of Veterans Affairs squandered tens of thousands of dollars filming a spoof of the movie "Patton" to share with employees who attended a 2011 conference in Orlando.
A conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch, recently unearthed a video by employees of the U.S. General Services Administration of a rendition of the movie "Rocky" for an employee town hall meeting.
They also did a rap video and a version of "Jeopardy."
"They're a waste of time," Tom Fitton with Judicial Watch said. "They're obviously stupid. These are high-level government officials doing these videos. These are officials being paid the most in our government."
A spokesman for the agency's new director said these were produced in 2011 before the director took over.
He asked internal agency investigators to review them, saying the videos were produced during a period with a "pattern of misjudgment."
The Internal Revenue Service is also taking heat for spending $50,000 in tax dollars for a video spoof of "Star Trek" and a line dance as part of a $4 million conference in Anaheim, Calif.
For which one agency executive has to answer in front of Congress: "It's embarrassing. And I apologize."
The VA and the General Services Administration have issued statements saying they've cracked down on these types of videos and expenses.
President Barack Obama's administration has issued an executive order to reduce employee conference expenses government-wide.