On the surface when you hear the details of this story you have to think "No way, that's a story from the Onion, right?"
I only wish it was.
Apparently, the Economic Development Administration, a sub-agency of the Department of Commerce takes their role Developing the Economy VERY SERIOUSLY. In December 2011, the Dept of Homeland Security told the EDA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that their computers may have been infected by malware.
Now you and I might run spybot, AVG or adaware to make sure your system was okay. That's what NOAA did things were back to normal in a DC minute (2 weeks).
However, the EDA really wanted to spur the economy with a little computer spending so.... the EDA insisted on a policy of PHYSICALLY DESTROYING all computers and basically anything that touched the computers (printers, cameras, keyboards, mice).
"The total cost to the taxpayer of this incident was $2.7 million: $823,000 went to the security contractor for its investigation and advice, $1,061,000 for the acquisition of temporary infrastructure (requisitioned from the Census Bureau), $4,300 to destroy $170,500 in IT equipment, and $688,000 paid to contractors to assist in development of a long-term response. Full recovery took close to a year."
You can read the whole sad story here.