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The Solution to Tax Identity Theft: Slower Refunds

Adam Levin | Posted 05.05.2015 | Business
Adam Levin

The refund process as it stands now makes sense only as the quaint relic of simpler times. It's the epitome of an analog approach getting trounced by our digital reality. Not to put too fine a point on it, I believe look-back compliance should go the way of the horse and buggy.

Congress Criticizes IRS Failure To Audit Most Big Partnerships

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service audits fewer than 1 percent of large business partnerships, according to a government report released...

GAO Confirms Statehood Too Costly for Puerto Rico and the U.S.

Adrian Brito | Posted 06.02.2014 | Latino Voices
Adrian Brito

Granting statehood to Puerto Rico would set back the island's economy, cost American companies billions of dollars and decrease sources of federal revenues.

Ten Examples of Welfare for the Rich and Corporations

Bill Quigley | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Here are the top 10 examples of corporate welfare and welfare for the rich. There are actually thousands of tax breaks and subsidies for the rich and corporations provided by federal, state and local governments, but these 10 will give a taste.

Kate Sheppard

U.S. Is Making A Lot Less Off Drilling On Public Lands Than It Should Be | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The federal government isn't doing enough to ensure it collects a "fair return" for the oil and gas that companies produce from public...

Joy Resmovits

DC School Vouchers Program Found To Lack Oversight | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics

Washington, D.C.'s school voucher program, a political football often caught up in congressional budget battles, suffers from poor oversight, accordin...

Another Politically Motivated Investigation of Nonprofits?

Robert Walker | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Robert Walker

Now it's the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that appears to be taking a politically selective look at nonprofits. This time around, however, conservatives are not complaining. Why? Because they are the ones who are pushing GAO to do it.

Pentagon Must Address 'Dysfunctional' Program

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon's efforts to find and identify troops missing in action from past conflicts are undermined by leadership weaknesses, i...

Most Kids Who Need Mental Health Care Don't Get It -- GAO

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.12.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Hot off the presses, here's a report from the Government Accountability Office on the state of children's mental health care. It reveals some major pr...

Cutting Off Aid to Arab World Hurts U.S. Business

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 11.25.2012 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

It would seem reasonable for a government to take a step back from aid pledges to other governments when an international incident involves American deaths. However, discontinuing aid might not make pragmatic sense when considering all of our interests.

Plain English, or Greek?

Ellen Schloemer | Posted 09.18.2012 | Money
Ellen Schloemer

The foreclosure review materials scored ZERO readability -- the only documents I know of that score that low are IRS publications. Is that the standard the regulators and servicers wanted to match?

The Damage Done by Special Education Disparities

John Thompson | Posted 08.26.2012 | Education
John Thompson

Before choice, I would not have understood what it was like to teach a class where eight to ten kids had been traumatized so badly that their cognitive functions had been altered. After a decade of choice, that became my new normal.

GAO and George Miller Don't Understand How Special Education Works

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 08.21.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

Today's "exquisitely-timed" GAO report has set off an avalanche of accusations at charter schools for "discriminating" against students with disabilities. George Miller, who requested the study, told the Washington Post that the news was "sobering."

To Use or Not to Use PSMC: That is the Question

David Isenberg | Posted 04.29.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

So just because you can't do it yourself you assume the contractor you hire does a great job? Now, that is not a criticism of DynCorp. For all anyone knows it might have done a terrific job.

Double Trouble

Stephen W.T. O'Keeffe | Posted 02.07.2012 | Technology
Stephen W.T. O'Keeffe

Sometimes, the challenges facing Federal IT -- and Washington writ large -- seem so complex as to be intractable. Other times the answers are so simple it makes my blood boil.

Arms and Bahrain

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 01.25.2012 | World
Christopher Brauchli

The question is why the United States was even thinking of selling arms to Bahrain. The answer can be found in the fact that the United States is the number one arms supplier in the world and to maintain its status it cannot be judgmental about the conduct of its customers.

Dave Jamieson

Postal Service Finances As Bad As They Sound: Auditors | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Federal auditors released a report Thursday that found, contrary to other findings, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has not been overpayi...

Where Will You Be When the Lights Go Out?

Josh Sawislak | Posted 10.04.2011 | Business
Josh Sawislak

There's an old joke about a lost tourist asking for directions in Boston and being told, "You can't get there from here." Like any good saying, this o...

Gerry Smith

Most Federal Agencies Have No Security Policy for Social Media | Gerry Smith | Posted 09.27.2011 | Technology

Less than one third of federal agencies using social media have created safeguards against hackers looking to exploit their accounts to launch cyber a...

Tax Cheats Received Billions In Stimulus Cash, Report Finds

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Thousands of companies that cashed in on President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package owed the government millions in unpaid ...

The Newest High Risk Area Of Government

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — Congressional investigators have concluded U.S. management of oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters is the newest high ris...

Sam Stein

New Report Shows Health Care Reform Would Provide 'Notable Improvement' To Debt Outlook | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A new non-partisan report finds that the cumulative effects of President Obama's health care reform package would be beneficial for the government's e...

This Waste Really Hurts

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

As this is something I have written on previously it seems appropriate to note that today the U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report ...

The Uncounted Contractors

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

When is the U.S. government going to get an accurate count of the private military and security contractors it employs in Iraq and Afghanistan? Apparently, not any time soon, according to a GAO report released last Friday.

The Madness of U.S. Arms Sales: Good Business, Bad For Planet

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

The madness in the world can best be boiled down to this: at the same time that we are told there is not enough money to create jobs or pay for real h...