Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Accountant wins license plate jackpot

From the NY Post:

In a stunning security lapse, the federal General Services Administration mistakenly shipped nearly three dozen license plates marked "U.S. Government -- For Official Use Only" to a humble Queens accountant, The Post has learned.

The foul-up is part of a troubling pattern of lost license plates at the agency, which handles plates for every federal office except the military.

"I don't know how it happened. Mistakes can happen, but I guess in this day and age, you want to be careful," said Antonio Guadagnino, who received the package, addressed to him, via UPS at his small Astoria office.

"If they ended up in the wrong hands, they could be used to get into secure places. Not everyone is so honest," added Guadagnino, who said that he never held a federal contract and that his business consists mostly of personal income-tax returns.

Unsure of what to do with the plates, he handed them over to state Sen. Michael Gianaris, whose district office is in the same building.

But, Gianaris said, the GSA didn't appear overly concerned.

"The reaction we got was that this was business as usual," he said.

"This is not a time in our nation's history to be screwing around with federal identification. What would happen if they wound up in someone else's hands, someone who thought he could profit selling them -- or worse?"


Anonymous said...

fire these g.s.a.employees immediately, they are smoking on the job.

they have a license to waste taxpayers money.

ew-3 said...

"addressed to him, via UPS"

gee. the g.s.a. didn't even us the USPS. What does that say?

Anonymous said...

"addressed to him, via UPS"

gee. the g.s.a. didn't even us the USPS. What does that say?

That FedEx would've probably just left it on the curb in front of your home without making any attempt to ring your doorbell and drive away.