Nice work if you can get it.

The Department of Energy has awarded a $230,000 contract for the creation of a green energy jobs website – with no actual jobs:

The Department of Energy has awarded a $230,000 contract to the Association of Energy Services Professionals to develop a website on energy efficiency jobs — but the agency has prohibited the listing of actual position openings.

Instead, the website will include information on what training and education is needed to nab a job, said Suzanne Jones, AESP’s vice president of marketing. In lieu of a job bank, AESP will provide 40 to 50 “very distinct” job descriptions in the energy efficiency industry, along with the education and training needed for such jobs.

At a time when you can start a company on your credit card, only the government could possibly think that it costs anywhere near $230,000 to create a simple website. Of course, when the same government thinks that $533,000 of stimulus money per job saved or created seems like a good deal, that seems about right.

Just think about it. $230,000 would very comfortably pay two employees for a year, with plenty left over. if the site does launch in April, it will have done so at a cost of over $50,000 per month. For a website.

Next time give me a call. I promise I’ll give you a better deal.

Tip of the hat to I Hate The Media.