On the one hand, I am immensely pleased that such a great parody was created by some of my fellow USG employees. On the other hand, this video, and the award it received at GSA's incredibly stupid and wasteful Las Vegas conference, is a massive self-inflicted wound on the agency itself.
The guy who does the singing is so good that he ought to do it professionally. Which is a post-government career path that he just might have the opportunity to pursue before long, because the video is pluperfect material for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
The Committee has posted the video online:
The House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform has released a rap video made by a GSA employee in Hawaii in which he pokes fun at buying "everything you field office can't afford" and says he'll "spend BA 61 all on fun."
According to the GSA, "BA 61" is a "budget activity that provides funds to all Government-owned facilities that are maintained and operated by the General Services Administration. ... BA 61 also funds staff support (including salaries, travel, training, etc.). ..."
The rapper also says, "I'll never be under OIG investigation."That part about the OIG investigation is no longer correct.
This video is very far from being the worst example of waste or abuse that I have ever seen. On balance, it's really pretty innocuous. Let him who has never goofed off a little on company time cast the first stone. But don't put it on video. That's a little advice I offer from the bottom of my government-employed heart.