There’s so much fail here, I don’t know where to start. For $800K, I would have gladly fixed all their computers, guaranteed.
[The Economic Development Administration, who, incidentally, have an ugly-assed website]’s CIO, fearing that the agency was under attack from a nation-state, insisted instead on a policy of physical destruction. The EDA destroyed not only (uninfected) desktop computers but also printers, cameras, keyboards, and even mice. The destruction only stopped—sparing $3 million of equipment—because the agency had run out of money to pay for destroying the hardware.
As best I can figure, this is the EDA’s broken windows attempt at fixing the economy.