Photo: USAF Tech Sgt. James Hodgman
A Senator from Iowa is burning the high costs of having coffee stored hot at Travis Air Force Base near Fairfield, California.
Fox News reported Monday that Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley was procuring dozens of drinking cups for the 60th Aerial Squadron base at a cost of nearly $ 56,000 over three years. The cups used on board cargo aircraft can warm liquids.
Grassley wrote on October 2 that Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson demanded a statement of purchase that contained 25 cups for $ 32,000 or $ 1,280 in 2018 alone
A design flaw in the container results in the handle becoming light shatters when the cup is dropped, so the squadron. Spare grips are not available, so a brand new mug had to be bought.
Heather Wilson, Air Force Secretary, told Grassley in a letter that since 2016 the Air Force has spent a total of $ 326,785 on 391 cups. Wilson said the Air Force has recently developed a reasonably priced replacement replacement handle.
Wilson told Grassley that the water heaters are used in KC-10, C-5, and C-17.
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Wilson admitted the waste in her letter that Grassley published on Friday.
"It is simply irresponsible to spend thousands of dollars on fabricated parts if we have the technology to make them ourselves," she wrote.
But Grassley blamed the mug's initial cost as exaggerated.
"While recognizing that the Air Force is working to find innovations that would help save taxpayers' money, it remains unclear why it can not find a cheaper alternative to a $ 1,280 cn," he said. "Government officials have a responsibility to use taxpayers' money efficiently – too often this is not the case – I intend to pursue this issue further."
Fox News said it was trying to reach the manufacturer of hot cups, G & H Aerospace, Arizona defense contractor. An e-mail search commentary was not returned immediately and a man who phoned the company's office on Monday afternoon said "we have no comment" and hung up, Fox reported.