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DOJ Watchdog: $16 Muffin Report Overcooked

The much-derided $16 muffins reported in a Justice Department inspector general audit may have never existed after all.

According to Politico, DOJ’s top watchdog reportedly apologized on Friday and admitted taxpayers did not actually pay $16 per muffin at a recent department conference.

In redacting its prior dollar amount claim, the inspector general said it had gotten additional information following the report.

Upon review the IG “determined that [their] initial conclusions concerning the itemized costs of refreshments at the EOIR conference were incorrect and that the department did not pay $16 per muffin.”

The original report said that the department spent $4,200 for 250 muffins, but the revised report indicates that the muffin figure included more than just a muffin. The revised report says the figure covered the cost of a continental breakfast at the conference, but does not break down the cost per item.

The revised report acknowledges that the original report received some heat and also said that the correction “does not detract from the more significant conclusion in our report: government conference expenditures must be managed carefully, and the department can do more to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and accounted for properly.”

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