Auditors also criticised a $76-per-person conference lunch at a Hilton hotel in San Francisco, which featured slow-cooked Berkshire pork carnitas, hearts-of-romaine salad and coffee at $8 a cup.
The report's main inspector said the costly meals and snacks were an 'extravagant' waste. Overall, the Justice Department spent $121m on conferences between 2008 and 2009. Considering the US government is looking for ways to make at least $1.2tn in savings, that's bound to get the American people irate. It won't just be the department's stomachs that'll be grumbling.