The IRS has acknowledged that it wasted $60,000 of taxpayers' money to make Star Trek and Gilligan's Island parody training videos of no value.

The Star Trek clip, a corny but ambitious effort which runs six minutes, was produced in an IRS studio in 2010 for a training and leadership conference. It mentions tax issues, but there is no way to claim that there are lessons to be learned from the clip, which was reportedly shown in 400 locations.

In a statement, the IRS admitted that the video "is not reflective of overall IRS video efforts, which provide critical information to taxpayers and cost-effective employee training critical to running the nation's tax system" and promised "tough new standards for videos."