Not an Onion headline: U.S. government to spend $890K on nothing

If you are a federal worker on furlough this week — or an airline passenger delayed by federal furloughs — you might save your blood pressure, and go read another story.

This one is about all the money the U.S. government spends on . . . nothing.

As reported in the Washington Post, it is one of the oddest spending habits in Washington: This year, the government will spend at least $890,000 on service fees for bank accounts that have nothing in them. At last count, Uncle Sam has 13,712 such accounts, each with a balance of zero.

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One Response to “Not an Onion headline: U.S. government to spend $890K on nothing”

  1. Julia O'Neal Says:

    Thanks for picking this up, Ted Carter. It would be hilarious if it weren’t so tragic!

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