Your tax dollars at work

This pilot fish works for a federal agency at a remote site, supporting a handful of users for whatever they need in the IT line.

"The Washington, D.C., office wanted a digital photo of one of our users, which our administrative assistant e-mailed off, asking if the picture she attached would do," says fish.

"D.C. responded that, yes, that's the picture they need. But it has to be sent in on a CD.

"I got that e-mail forwarded to me, asking me to burn the picture to a disk. It actually originated from D.C., so I'm now burning a CD of a file returned from D.C. via e-mail, to be sent overnight FedEx.

"I honestly thought about calling the D.C. person, having her put in a blank disk and remotely burning it from her computer, or having my boss who works down the hall from her burn it and drop it off. But in the end it's just easier to waste money and not make waves."

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