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