many ways can the federal government spend and waste taxpayers money?
Testifying before Congress is probably intimidating, even for seasoned and well-heeled ambassadors, diplomats, lawmakers and various officials. But I like to think they can rise to the occasion by being prepared for any questions and remaining calm under stress. Unfortunately, there have been embarrassing testimonies by diplomats that could have been avoided by simply telling the truth.
The State Department came up with a solution by contracting an outside agency to hold classes that will teach senior level officials how to answer questions. The name of the course: “Communicating with Congress: Briefing and Testifying”.
AMTIS, Inc. was awarded a five-year contract beginning in 2014 to hold three or four classes each year with a class of no less than 10 and no more than 15 participants.
To sum it up, the State Department is paying AMTIS, Inc. $545,000 to teach federal employees something that can be taught from within the State Department by a competent staff that is already on the payroll. A less costly solution, in my opinion, 'just tell the truth'.