Four hundred U.S. Postal Service executives are heading to San Francisco next month for workshops, meetings — and a dance party.
And a golf tournament. And a dinner event.
That’s according to a report by KTVU, which found 400 USPS staffers, including the postmaster general, are set to attend the four-day National Postal Forum in March at the Moscone Center in California.
The trip is expected to cost the flailing agency — which is pushing to stop Saturday letter delivery due to revenue issues — more than $2 million, KTVU reports. An estimated $220,000 is going to spent on exhibit space, according to the news agency.
The event kicks off with a golf outing at Harding Park in San Francisco, KTVU reports. Meetings and workshops are part of the conference — but so are plenty of relaxing events, like a dance party, according to KTVU. Moreover, area hotel costs hit at $300 a night, the station reports.
A spokesman for the USPS said executives attending the conference would have to pay their own golfing fees, as well as other costs, but did not specify in the KTVU report what those other costs included.
“They need to be concerned about the optics of this,” said Leslie Page, with Citizens Against Government Waste, in the KTVU report. “They need to be concerned about ratcheting back some of what could be perceived as luxurious activities.”
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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