3.28.13 – IRS Apologizes for Wasting Taxpayer Money on ‘Star Trek’ Parody

‘Not…the Best Stewardship of Resources’

IRS Apologizes for Star Trek Parody, Training Videos Costing Taxpayers $60,000

(TheBlaze/AP) — Nobody’s going to win an Emmy for a parody of the TV show “Star Trek” filmed by Internal Revenue Service employees at an agency studio in Maryland.

Instead, the IRS got a rebuke from Congress for wasting taxpayer dollars.

The agency says the video, and another parodying the TV show “Gilligan’s Island,” cost about $60,000 to produce.  But apparently the “Star Trek” video accounted for most of the money.

The six-minute clip was was shown at the opening of a 2010 training and leadership conference, but even the Associated Press notes that it “does not appear to have any training value.”

The cringe-worthy spoof features an elaborate set depicting the control room, or bridge, of the spaceship featured in the hit TV show. IRS workers portray the characters, including one who plays Mr. Spock, complete with fake hair and pointed ears.

The production value is high, though the acting is what one might expect from a bunch of tax collectors. In the video, the spaceship is approaching the planet “Notax,” where fraud, money laundering, and alien identity theft appear to be a problem.

IRS Apologizes for Star Trek Parody, Training Videos Costing Taxpayers $60,000

This video image from an Internal Revenue Service video shows an IRS employee portraying Mr. Spock a scene from a video parodying the TV show “Star Trek” that was made for a 2010 IRS training and leadership conference. (Photo: AP)

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