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Investigation: Waste of the Day-Federal Agencies Spent $3.3 Billion on Office Furniture While Employees Worked from Home

By Adam Andrzejewski

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Despite the vast majority of federal government employees working from home during the pandemic years of 2020, 2021 and 2022, federal agencies purchased $3.3 billion in new furniture, auditors found.

Most major federal agency headquarters were one-quarter full or less, and none were at 50% capacity or more, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.

The U.S. Departments of Transportation, Agriculture and the General Services Administration each used only 9% of their office space.

The DOT spent $55 million on furniture, Agriculture spent $57 million, while GSA spent a whopping $308 million on furniture, found.

Department of Veterans Affairs used just 16% of its office space and spent $428 million on furniture, while the Department of Justice used just 35% of its office space yet spent $408 million on furniture.

Department of Defense utilized just 23% of office space and spent a massive $1.2 billion on furniture — the biggest furniture spender over five years, totaling $2.1 billion in 2018-2022.

The State Department spent $302 million and Homeland Security spent another $156 million on furniture.

“As Congress continues to fight over spending, we want to make it clear that there are massive amounts of money being appropriated, spent, wasted and sometimes hidden from the taxpayer,” Founder & CEO Adam Andrzejewski said.

“In the case of office furniture, most federal headquarters are barely a quarter full on a given workday, and no major agency is at more than half capacity. Yet for some reason we’ve bankrolled another billion dollars in desks, chairs, couches and more – while employees clock in from their own living rooms.”

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Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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