Enthusiasm for oddball activities is encouraged over actually doing work.
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President Obama’s appointees at the Department of Labor are wasting department time and resources with a number of dubious taxpayer-funded projects, the National Review reported Thursday, citing interviews with anonymous staff members.

Staffers interviewed by the National Review described an environment in which Obama’s political appointees were favored over career department employees and where enthusiasm for oddball activities is encouraged over actually doing work.

Examples of what the National Review calls “shenanigans” that employees are urged to participate in include a department book club, participating in a national poetry contest and voting for former Labor Secretary Frances Perkins in a religious poll.