If this is EXACTLY true, then its criminal... however, I think this is about to be shot down pretty soon. The author of the book already accounts that a lot of it goes towards the employment services of people within the executive branch. I'd be willing to bet that some, if not a majority, of that $1.4B is going to turn out to be for the cost and expense of running many of the executive branch departments, like commerce, USDA, DOD, ED.... I'll follow it closely. $1.4B for all of the departments that fall under the executive branch really isn't as terrible.
Interesting that 1.4 Billion is EXACTLY the amount that the Obama administration diverted for Vetran Affairs last year.