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September 22nd, 2011
11:39 AM ET

Senator Chuck Grassley demanding answers about Justice Department spending

Senator Grassley is outraged at the Department of Justice and demanding answers for an inspector general report that found that the agency has often paid well above market costs for food and drinks at its conferences, including $16 muffins.

In all, the audit found that the Justice Department spent $121 million on 1,832 conferences throughout the 2008 and 2009 fiscal years.

In response, Vice President Joe Biden released a statement yesterday calling for a review of all conference-related expenses and declaring that all future expenses will have to be signed off on by the Deputy Secretary or an equivalent chief operating officer of each agency.

Senator Chuck Grassley appears on American Morning today to talk about the Justice Department's audit and the measures that are going to be enacted to regulate spending.

Filed under: Justice Department • Spending