From The Department Of You Can't Make This Stuff Up

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on July 17, 2009

I don’t know whether to love or hate stories that leave me at a complete loss for words. But love ‘em, or hate ‘em, I have to link to them:

This is a sources sought notice and not a request for quotations. The purpose of this announcement is to seek qualified contractors with the capability to provide presentations for The Department of Treasury, Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD), Management Meeting with experience in meeting the objectives as described herein.

The Contractor shall conduct two, 3-hour, Humor in the Workplace programs that will discuss the power of humor in the workplace, the close relationship between humor and stress, and why humor is one of the most important ways that we communicate in business and office life. Participants shall experience demonstrations of cartoons being created on the spot. The contractor shall have the ability to create cartoons on the spot about BPD jobs. The presenter shall refrain from using any foul language during the presentation. This is a business environment and we need the presenter to address a business audience.

Upon completion of the course, participants shall be able to:

• Understand the importance and power of humor in the workplace in a responsible manner
• How to use talents in a creative way that adds humor to everyday experiences
• Alleviate stress in home and the office
• Know how and why humor is important to communication
• Improve work-place relationships
• Prevent burn-out

They have a list of desirable qualifications they are looking for in candidates. Naturally, panic ensued in marginally more responsible sectors of government.

  • Finrod

    Unsurprisingly, this was cancelled not long after it was brought to light, which makes me wonder how many other nearly-as-ridiculous positions people are being employed in by the government.

  • Finrod

    Unsurprisingly, this was cancelled not long after it was brought to light, which makes me wonder how many other nearly-as-ridiculous positions people are being employed in by the government.

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