Now that Congress is involved in exposing federal agencies caught spending taxpayer money on outrageous conference gifts and entertainment, the Department of Defense has taken notice.

No more motivational speakers, musicians or promotional swag. The Defense Department is banning entertainment-related expenses at its conferences.

The Pentagon memo on conference oversight also prohibits conference participants from receiving gifts, such as tickets to recreational events outside of the conference. And DoD conference organizers can’t use funds to produce videos not related to the conference.

North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr is calling for the ouster of top level VA official over its conference, which featured a $50,000 video that spoofed Patton. And Sen. Susan Collins wants to why VA employees received bonuses for working on the conference.

Remember all this the next time a progressive tells you there’s no fat in the federal budget. Wrong.