imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

CDC Wastes Millions of Taxpayer Dollars, Says Senate Report

by Correspondent Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2007 at 6:17 AM

( - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides an example of a big-budget federal agency getting its priorities wrong, according to an oversight report released by a Republican senator.

CDC Wastes Millions ...
cdc3.jpg1aghfs.jpg, image/jpeg, 300x191

Among the report's findings -- a 6 million visitor center decorated with waterfalls and Japanese gardens and a 0,000 fitness center with saunas and zero-gravity chairs.


Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), a practicing physician, released the report late last week following an exhaustive investigation. Coburn is the ranking member of a Homeland Security subcommittee that deals with federal financial management.

"CDC employs many honest, hard-working people who shoulder a very important mission for our nation," Coburn said. "Yet, like most agencies, it offers many examples of how an agency with a large budget can veer off track in prioritizing its funds."

Entitled "CDC Off Center," the report -- produced by Coburn's subcommittee -- charges that the CDC's mission has been "compromised by mismanagement" and "lavish spending." The CDC has a current annual budget of about billion.

The CDC could not be reached for comment, but CDC spokesman Tom Skinner did say in a press release that the agency cooperated with the investigation and provided Coburn with "exhaustive information."

"We strive day in and day out to fulfill our commitment to the American taxpayer," he said.

One problem cited in Coburn's report is the CDC's new visitor center and communications center at the campus in Atlanta.

The 6-million Thomas R. Harkin Global Communications Center was built to replace the CDC's older visitor center, which was built only 11 years ago.

According to Coburn's report, the CDC spent .1 million on "audio-visual integration" for the new facility, including a 70-foot by 25-foot video wall of plasma screen televisions. A video production studio costs .6 million.

The grounds feature a greenscape with a stream running over artificial rocks into a pond, limestone bridges, waterfalls, Japanese gardens and fountains.

The center also boasts a statue of a woman made of vegetables, paid for by the CDC. The statue evidently is supposed to encourage visitors to eat healthier foods.

"The CDC already had a visitor center," said a Coburn staffer who asked that her name not be used. "They said they had about 15,000 visitors per year ... so it's not necessarily a bad idea, it's just a bad prioritization of funds," the staffer told Cybercast News Service.

Leslie Paige, media director at Citizens Against Government Waste, questioned whether the CDC needed a visitor center in the first place.

"It's not exactly a destination resort," she told Cybercast News Service.

The center is named after Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Ill.), formerly the ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Committee and still a member of the committee.

Fitness center and Hollywood ties

Also raising eyebrows was a new fitness center built on the CDC's Atlanta campus in 2006.

According to Coburn's report, the 16,000-square-foot exercise facility houses more than 70 strength and cardiovascular fitness machines and an indoor cycling room with images of the Tour de France projected on the walls. It also features a sauna area worth ,000 and dimly-lit "quiet rooms" with zero-gravity chairs, music and therapeutic pastel light shows.

In his statement, Skinner defended the fitness center, claiming that it was not a waste of money and was necessary for the well-being of CDC employees.

"We have first-rate facilities for first-rate employees," he said.

Coburn's staffer stood by the report's criticisms and said that a fitness center "should not be a priority for the CDC." She also claimed that the CDC had been dishonest about the fitness center's construction.

"We actually asked about the fitness center as it was being built, and we were told -- and we have it in writing from the CDC -- that they were not going to be purchasing any new equipment for the fitness center. They would use old fitness center equipment," she said.

According to Coburn's report, the CDC also has established a Hollywood liaison program, which collaborates with the entertainment industry to make sure that medical TV show plotlines are credible.

The agency has spent about .7 million since 2001 making sure that shows like "ER," "House," "24" and "Grey's Anatomy" are medically accurate. An average of ,000 is spent per episode consult, according to the report.

Paige questioned the cost. "What we've seen in other agencies is that this entails sending delegations to Warner Brothers and Hollywood to hobnob with entertainment people," she said.

"I don't know if the CDC has done that, but what is that money going towards?" she asked.

Of the .7 million, ,000 came from the CDC's terrorism account, and another ,386 came from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. The report called the decisions puzzling in a time of limited federal funds and agency calls for additional funds to prepare for potential bioterrorism attacks."

Also controversial was the CDC's push for "ER" producers to put a condom poster on the set "as a roundabout way of getting the health message to TV viewers."

Skinner did not comment on the specifics of the Hollywood liaison program, but he called it "an unusual and effective way to reach people" about their health.
Report this post as:

Local News


lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Xyloglossie attitudinale A23 8:07AM

Shadowgun Legends Hack and Cheats A23 7:24AM

What does the Quran Say About Islamic Dress?? A21 4:15PM

Biodiversité ou la nature privatisée A20 11:22AM

The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion A20 7:14AM

Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service A19 5:52PM

The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally! A19 4:01PM

The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder A19 11:48AM

Neurogenèse involutive A18 9:21AM

Paraphysique de la dictature étatique A16 10:13AM

Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" A16 3:45AM

The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia A14 12:25PM

Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine A14 3:30AM

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally! A12 3:50PM

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize! A12 3:48PM

The World Dependent on Central Banks A12 4:43AM

Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine A11 9:40PM

March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update A10 10:52PM

Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel A10 3:33PM

ICE contract with license plate reader company A10 1:14PM

Palimpseste sisyphéen A09 11:23PM

Black Portraiture(S) IV: The Color of Silence...Cuba No...Cambridge Yes A09 5:32AM

Prohibiting Micro-Second Betting on the Exchanges A09 4:18AM

Prosecutors treat Muslims harsher than non-Muslims for the same crimes A08 10:33PM

Amy Goodman interview on cell phone safety A08 10:29PM

Mesa, Arizona police officer kills unarmed white man A08 9:50PM

Israeli leaders should be prosecuted for war crimes A08 9:48PM

Paraphysique de l'autorité A08 12:11AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy