GAO: Safety net programs account for billions in improper payments

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah (shown here in a July 27, 2015, photo), says that only 29 percent of more than 440 GAO recommendations designed to cut waste and improper payments have been fully addressed. Susan Walsh AP WASHINGTON Three health and safety net programs for the poor and elderly accounted for most Continue Reading

California’s Drought: Not an Environmental Problem. An Environmentalist Problem

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—I was walking through downtown Sacramento recently when raindrops started falling. People on the street stopped dead in their tracks, looked up at the sky, and began acting giddy. “What’s that?” I asked a man. “I think it’s something called rain,” he responded. Such is the gallows humor in a state that hasn’t seen substantial Continue Reading

Medicare Paid $30M for Ambulance Rides Where No Services Were Performed

IG: Medicare vulnerable to fraud involving ambulance transports  Medicare paid out tens of millions for ambulance rides in which beneficiaries did not receive services, according a new government watchdog audit. The inspector general of Health and Human Services released a report Tuesday that details questionable billing practices from ambulance suppliers, an area that is considered Continue Reading

EPA Spent $92 Million on Luxury Furniture

There’s already enough scandals the EPA’s involved in, from the new water rule to the Animas River disaster to the Volkswagen controversy Moe discussed yesterday. The agency has proven itself to be adept at finding ways to waste taxpayer money. This latest story only continues that habit, but to me, it stands out for its egregiousness. The Continue Reading

What the Pentagon is Hiding from Its Auditors

REUTERS/The Fiscal Times The Defense Department just made it extremely difficult for federal auditors to keep track of how billions of dollars are being spent in Afghanistan. In its quarterly report to Congress, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) told lawmakers that the government has classified an “unprecedented” amount of information about the Continue Reading

We Built a $335 Million Power Plant in Afghanistan that Can Barely Turn on Lightbulb

REUTERS/Regis Duvignau USAID is denying that a $335 million “vital component” of their mission to aid the massive energy deficit in Kabul, Afghanistan is an utter failure, but a new report contradicts that claim. A power plant built by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is extremely underused and in danger of being wasted, according to Continue Reading

How the U.S. Wasted Billions of Dollars Rebuilding Afghanistan

Majid Saeedi/Getty Images News/Getty Images As the Obama administration plans to finally close the book on the long and tragic U.S. military presence in Afghanistan by December 2016, we’re beginning to see tallies of the amount of American blood and treasure expended there over the past 14 years. “The plot that led to the murder Continue Reading

Funding the U.S. Department of Offense

Republicans are all hypocrites when it comes to Defense cuts. If you want to know how serious Republican presidential candidates are about fiscal responsibility, just look at their positions on the spending caps put into place by the Budget Control Act of 2011. RELATED ARTICLES If You Find $1.3 Billion in Missing Aid to Afghanistan, Continue Reading

Why is HHS Enabling Medicare Fraud?

<a href=&quot;;sig=Cg0ArKJSzMKhpCWXpb1kEAE&amp;adurl=; target=&quot;_blank&quot;><img border=&quot;0&quot; style=&quot;display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto&quot; alt=&quot;Backup Image&quot; src=&quot;; /></a> According to a newly unearthed documents, the White House budget office has been waging a stealthy campaign to crack down on Medicare fraud, urging the Department of Health and Human Services to identify additional tools to help eliminate wasteful and fraudulent billings. This raises Continue Reading

EPA is still the worst regulatory agency in history

An EPA cleanup crew on August 5 accidentally caused a breach in an abandoned gold mine in the southwestern part of Colorado, spilling three million gallons of highly toxic mining waste that contaminated waterways in Colorado and New Mexico. Then the agency failed to notify downstream jurisdictions whose drinking water and recreational waterways were threatened. To Continue Reading