(10)Government Waste, Fraud and Abuse - Part 10

The Problem with Government Unions

Most Americans that many unions benefit from preferential treatment that their workers work for. This is most egregious at the Federal level, especially with the current labor-union friendly Obama administration. More than 80 unions represent federal employees, including the American Federation of Government Employees, the National Treasury Employees Union, and the National Federation of Federal Continue Reading

Earmarks by another name: Pet Projects

Just when you thought earmarks had gone away, they returned under another name: pet projects. Members of Congress have inserted almost $20 billion in the already bloated Defense budget. The Senate included nearly $250 million for cancer research. House lawmakers added $10 million in research funding specifically directed to historically black colleges. Senators also added Continue Reading

Is the TSA out of control?

The Transportation Security Administration is a child of 9/11. Created in November of 2001 it has grown exponentially ever since to almost 56,000 employees and a budget of $7.39 billion. Once considered a replacement for the private security screening services at airports it has branched out to overseeing security for highways, railroads, buses, mass transit Continue Reading

Nice work if you can get it

The Federal government is leaking waste, fraud and abuse like a sieve. Every day there are new revelations of money being wasted by our administrative state. A million here, a billion there and as Senator Everett Dirksen once said…“and pretty soon you’re talking real money”. Well, the real money that our government is wasting everyday Continue Reading

Fraud in the Medicaid Program?

You bet, there’s fraud in the Medicaid program. Here’s a report from the Chicago Tribune in 2012 that details some startling facts about the Medicaid program in the state of Illinois. The most startling fact is that Medicaid is reimbursing non-psychotherapists for psychotherapy services. What gives? A few years ago, Illinois’ Medicaid program for the Continue Reading

Audits show that Feds diverted funds

Here’s a post from Phillip Swarts at http://www.washingtontimes.com/ about audits that show Feds diverted funds from charity to massages, excessive travel and other unauthorized expenses.  One of the most celebrated civic activities federal workers stage each year is the annual drive to donate parts of their paychecks to their favorite charities. But it turns out the much-celebrated Continue Reading

Billions in Government Waste

Here’s a post from Akash Chogule of Americans for Prosperity on http://www.washingtontimes.com/ about how the U.S. Government is wasting hundreds of billions on improper payments.   Earlier this month, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) testified before Congress that federal agencies made more than $100 billion in improper payments last year. To put that number in perspective, $100 billion is more Continue Reading

Fraud Fest in D.C.

It seems that almost everyday there’s a report of yet another case of fraud against one or another Federal entitlement program. If it isn’t Medicare or Medicaid then it’s food stamps, unemployment or disability. Federal entitlement programs have become a magnet for scammers, con artists and cheaters by the car load. Like bees to honey, Continue Reading

States are profiting from food stamp waste

As the National Debt has grown by over 70% under President Obama more taxpayers are asking the question: ‘Where does the money go?’ It has now become clearer to the smart taxpayers among us that our hard earned money is being frivolously wasted on a daily basis. Government bureaucrats who are handsomely paid with generous benefits Continue Reading