The world of government contractors is dark and mysterious. Money is moved here. Money is moved there. It is a confusing labyrinth of bureaucracy which along the way is salted with taxpayer funded pots of gold. It’s like Mario Brothers.
In this case it’s unclear if there was fraud intended (maybe not) or if it’s just a case of incompetence. Regardless its sounds like nearly a half million in tax dollars is gone for little (if anything) in return. The real shock is not that it happened of course, but that we even heard about it.