Thursday, November 6, 2014

Department of Homeland Security spent $30,000 on Starbucks to keep you safe


Department of Homeland Security’s employees went out of their way to make sure Americans are safe. In fact, they went all the way to Starbucks, spending $30,000 on designer coffee and other Starbucks Coffee products in one year.

Some of the agency’s purchases appear to have been intentionally tailored not to cross over that threshold. For example, on April 22, 2013, DHS spent $2,491 at the Starbucks store in Alameda, California. On May 9, 2013, DHS spent $2,498.05 at the same store. On December 11, 2013, DHS employee(s) returned again and spent $2,688.95, courtesy of American taxpayers. That’s about 757 Grande Lattes, or 26 gift cards of $100 each, purchased in one day.

Using government purchasing cards, DHS bought plenty of Starbucks -- not only in the United States, but also in foreign countries.The DHS policy considers such items being bought with at the taxpayers’ expense "micropurchases," as long as they cost less than $3,000. The agency uses this designation to avoid disclosing or detailing the purchases to the public. In 2013, federal government has spent at least $20 billion in taxpayer money on items and services that it is permitted to keep secret from the public, according to an investigation by the News4 I-Team.