Strange Contracts Signed by The U.S. Government Video

Oct 30, 2019 4:37:49 PM / by David Rockwell

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Did the Department of Defense actually spend $4,000 on creative movement classes? Find out about that contract and other strange procurements of the U.S. government in the video below.

In this excerpt from a special Halloween episode of USFCR Academy Live, Training Coordinator Anna Rose illustrates some of the more strange examples of government contracting. 

Yes...these contracts actually happened.

  • In 2016, a three-year $406,980 contract was signed with the VA office in New Orleans for yoga and tai chi classes.
  • The Smithsonian Institution spent $30,000 on dog and cat food in 2013. 
  • The Railroad Retirement Board paid $10,871.20 for jewelry employee services in 2019. 
  • In 2016, the VA office in Sarasota, Florida spent $13,146.72 on a bingo console.
  • Winter lodging and ski area rental in Colorado cost the Department of the Army  $76,696 in 2018.
  • The SBA signed a contract for graphic artist services from an independent artist in 2001 for $50,000.

Your Turn

If you think your industry is too weird or your product or service is too "out-there," you should check in with one of the acquisition specialists at US Federal Contractor Registration to see if your future in government contracting maybe isn't so far-fetched.

To find out more about what the government is buying in your industry call:

 (877) 252-2700

USFCR Academy Live


The video excerpt above comes from a broadcast of USFCR Academy Live. USFCR Academy Live is a USFCR client-exclusive group that features live video seminars with the best tips and tricks for taking on the federal marketplace. Join us every Wednesday on Facebook at 2:00 PM ET. 

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David Rockwell

Written by David Rockwell

David is a writer and educational multimedia producer for government contractors around the world. Some of his favorite work, with the experts at USFCR, is telling success stories of businesses that win federal contracts.

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