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Obamacare execs broke the law and cost taxpayers billions

Just how far did the Obama administration go to keep its failing signature program afloat? According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office, its Health and Human Services Department execs broke the law to bail out insurers participating in the health-insurance exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act. In doing so, it took Continue Reading

EPA Has A ‘Culture Of Complacency’

A new report by federal investigators takes aim at the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “culture of complacency,” criticizing the agency for not doing enough to combat waste, fraud and abuse. “We identified agency inaction among some supervisors regarding time and attendance controls, segregation of duties for key financial transactions, real property management, and employee travel,” Continue Reading

House votes to protect ‘dark money’

The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to protect the identities of wealthy individuals and others who make anonymous, or ‘dark money’, donations to politically active nonprofit groups. The measure, which drew lobbying support from billionaire industrialists Koch brothers, was approved in a 240-180 vote along party lines. It would prohibit the Internal Continue Reading

FCC Commissioner: Told to Keep Quiet on Obamaphone Fraud

Remember the Obamaphone, technically the Lifeline program, which subsidizes mobile service for low-income Americans? FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai is now speaking out about how he and other commissioners were told to keep quiet about a massive fraud investigation involving the program until the day after a controversial vote to expand the program. “On March 31st, Continue Reading

Spending Run Amok: Monkeys or Ethics

Congress has run amok again with spending on monkeys almost outpacing spending on their Ethics Panel. Republicans and Democrats agree on very little, but you’ll hear both parties decry government waste, fraud and abuse on the campaign trail. So where did Congress first look to save money? Their own Office of Congressional Ethics that holds Continue Reading

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