Feds Spent Millions of Dollars to Find Data That Was Publicly Available and Free



It turns out that the government department tasked with promoting economic growth and job creation has been charging government agencies millions of dollars for data that could have been found on Google. According to the Government Accountability Office, "The source that most often had the reports GAO was searching for was another website located at http://www.Google.com."  

From The Washington Times:

Congress's top auditor said Tuesday that the Commerce Department has been charging other government agencies millions of dollars for reports that the other agencies could just as easily have gotten online, for free.

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