IRS: Yeah, Our $60K Star Trek Parody Was a Bad Idea

Agency spent big bucks on 'training' film for employees

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 23, 2013 7:39 AM CDT

(Newser) – "There is no mistaking that this video did not reflect the best stewardship of resources." So says the IRS in regard to a five-minute Star Trek parody made by employees in 2010 that cost about $60,000, reports AP. Congress got wind of it, and the agency offered a mea culpa yesterday. The sci-fi thriller revolving around the planet "Notax" was shown to IRS employees at the start of a training and leadership conference, even though it doesn't appear to have any training or leadership value. The agency also made a Gilligan's Island parody, but, alas, that one hasn't been made public.

This video image from an Internal Revenue Service video shows an IRS employee portraying Mr. Spock.
This video image from an Internal Revenue Service video shows an IRS employee portraying Mr. Spock.   (AP Photo/IRS)
This video image from an Internal Revenue Service video shows IRS employees portraying Star Trek characters.
This video image from an Internal Revenue Service video shows IRS employees portraying "Star Trek" characters.   (AP Photo/IRS)
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