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07-17-2009, 10:06 AM
Well thak God our tax dollars are being used wisely (http://sayanythingblog.com/entry/bankrupt_federal_government_looking_to_hire_cartoo nists_for_humor_in_the_wo/). :rolleyes:
Don't know the price tag but its probably in the millions! But I wonder if Franken could be the humor czar!

This is a sources sought notice and not a request for quotations. The purpose of this announcement is to seek qualified contractors with the capability to provide presentations for The Department of Treasury, Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD), Management Meeting with experience in meeting the objectives as described herein.

The Contractor shall conduct two, 3-hour, Humor in the Workplace programs that will discuss the power of humor in the workplace, the close relationship between humor and stress, and why humor is one of the most important ways that we communicate in business and office life. Participants shall experience demonstrations of cartoons being created on the spot. The contractor shall have the ability to create cartoons on the spot about BPD jobs. The presenter shall refrain from using any foul language during the presentation. This is a business environment and we need the presenter to address a business audience.
Upon completion of the course, participants shall be able to:

• Understand the importance and power of humor in the workplace in a responsible manner
• How to use talents in a creative way that adds humor to everyday experiences
• Alleviate stress in home and the office
• Know how and why humor is important to communication
• Improve work-place relationships
• Prevent burn-out

I’m all for laughter, and if any group of people need to learn how to laugh it’s federal bureaucrats, but even so. Is it appropriate - especially now in the midst of a national fiscal disaster - for the taxpayers to be footing the bill for laughter lessons?

07-17-2009, 10:47 AM
As usual, this is another government project doomed to failure. Everybody already knows that the funniest moments in office life involve foul language, sexual innuendo, politically incorrect observations about management, and dog pics.

It seems like their workshop will mainly involve dog pics.