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US government wasting plenty of money on drones, with little oversight

The US government is spending plenty on drones, even if they don't really have a plan for drones

By Michael Hatamoto on Mar 27, 2015 02:05 am CDT - 0 mins, 44 secs reading time

The US government and military are spending large amounts of money for drones, maintenance, and drone flights - and not all of it is being done with proper oversight.

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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) racked up almost $600,000 to purchase six drones, but none of them actually saw any real flight time. There were too many technical issues regarding flight time and maneuverability, according to a federal report by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

The ATF decided to just scrap its drone program altogether because of the logistical headaches, and a short time later, the National Response Team - an ATF unit - invested $15,000 in five small drones - with no proper oversight. Not only did the National Response Team neglect to get ATF approval, the small unit never bothered to gain approval for a drone flight by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

NEWS SOURCES:nbcnews.com, msnbc.com

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