Recovery Independent Advisory Panel, a sub-committee of the larger Recovery Accountability and Transparency board (sometimes known as the RAT board). The stimulus bill set up the Recovery Independent Advisory Panel, or RIAP, to make recommendations to identify and prevent waste of the bill's $814 billion in stimulus spending.
I found a link on Instapundit that leads to a story in the Washington Examiner
Dear Sir, I'm writing in response to the upcoming meeting in Arizona on, "The purpose of the November 22, 2010 meeting is to allow the RIAP to have an open dialogue, with input from the public, on issues relating to fraud, waste, and abuse of Recovery Act funds," says a notice in the Federal Register.
Sooo...this board is meeting to discuss how the "stimulus package" is being wasted...you really can't make this stuff up. How in the world can you justify, in the midst of a huge recession, meeting in an exclusive $1000 per night resort? Honestly...Just for fun, I sent courtesy copies to various state and federal legislators, including my Congressman, State Delegates and Senator, and of course those paragons of fiscal virture, Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, my wonderful US Senators.
A reader emails: “Would send a damn fine message if a few hundred people joined these clowns for ‘Tea at the Ritz’.” Heh. That's from http://pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/109722/
Instapundit.com is hosted by Glenn Reynolds and it's a site that gets several million hits a month...and he's going to spend the next several weeks talking about it...so am I...and I get a couple hundred hits per week. On the other hand, I do know some someone from both the DNC and RNC are hitting my web site as is someone in the office of the Speaker of the House (that would be Nancy Pelosi's office until this coming January).
Now, how do you justify spending several hundred thousand dollars of my hard earned tax money on this meeting? Especially a meeting that is for "participants in the meeting will discuss various techniques to detect and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse, as well as larger issues of transparency and public awareness." Just how do you cretinous, brain-dead bureaucrats in our government justify this? Isn't there a nice federal office building in Arizona...that doesn't have to be rented for tens of thousands of tax dollars? Or wouldn't that be fair to those on the board, having to sit in hard government chairs instead of the plush, soft chairs of the Ritz-Charlton? I'm about to lose my apartment because I can't find a full time job and you people are wasting money like this?
Have you no shame? You wonder why the Democratic Party got pasted so badly this past election, this is why. You waste money like there's no tomorrow...but tomorrow does come...and January is coming very soon.
Richard A. Vail
Pikesville, MD 21208
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.--Thomas Jefferson
Here's the email address if you feel inclined to write with your comments on this wonderful meeting
Here's a link to the Federal Register for the announcement of the meeting. How could I forgo a link to the hotel website for a great description of how these bureaucrats will be basking in luxury at our expense.
Here's a link to the room calculator for a suite it's $359.00 per night...until the 25th when rates go up to $605 per night.