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Michael McLaughlin

Overcrowding In Federal Prisons Hits Level Not Seen Since Bush Administration: GAO Report | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 09.15.2012 | Crime

The federal prison system has been unable to keep pace with the stream of inmates flooding its facilities over the last five years despite adding spac...

How to Get a Mule's -- I Mean Contractor's -- Attention

David Isenberg | Posted 08.03.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

The Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan (CWC) may be gone, but it is hardly forgotten. At least not by the U.S. Government Accou...

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."

Andrea Stone

GAO Warns Military Draft Agency Would Be Slow To Mobilize | Andrea Stone | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Selective Service System is so understaffed after years of budget cuts that gathering the first inductees to boot camp would take ni...

Andrea Stone

Big Changes On No-Fly List | Andrea Stone | Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The number of U.S. citizens and green card holders on the FBI's terror watch list has more than doubled since Christmas 2009, when the a...

End the Delays Deadly to Workers

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.23.2012 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Saturday is Workers' Memorial Day, a time devoted to commemorating those killed on the job. No one volunteers to sacrifice their life for corporate profit, yet every day in workplaces across this country, the lives of 12 workers are taken, not given.

Malian Rebels Declare Cease-Fire After Push

AP | RUKMINI CALLIMACHI | Posted 06.05.2012 | World

BAMAKO, Mali — The rebel group that recently seized control of Mali's remote north in a maneuver that effectively partitioned the country in two...

Dem Congressman To TSA: 'We're Not Cattle'

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 03.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House members of both parties on Monday teed off against the agency in charge of airport and port anti-terrorist screening, saying it us...

Outrage Over Payments for Medical Devices

Andrew Lerner | Posted 05.08.2012 | Denver
Andrew Lerner

That a hospital would be willing to pay nearly $9,000 more for a product than another is unbelievable. Seriously: you shouldn't believe it. No hospital would willingly do this, if they knew what the going rate for these devices was.

Mortgage Giants Agree to Pay Servicemembers for Illegal Foreclosures, Rate Hikes

Chris Birk | Posted 04.22.2012 | Business
Chris Birk

Military homeowners who were illegally foreclosed upon during the last five years will receive a minimum payment of nearly $117,000 plus lost equity and interest.

$3.7 Trillion Municipal Securities Market's Last U.S. Inspection 'Predated The Financial Crisis,' GAO Says

Posted 01.18.2012 | Business

Government oversight of the $3.7 trillion market for municipal securities, wracked by several high-profile cases of fraud and bid-rigging, is inadequa...

Federal Government Needs to Send a Clearer Message -- and a Strong One

Dan Kildee | Posted 03.03.2012 | Politics
Dan Kildee

The bottom line is that communities are faced with growing costs from abandonment when they can least afford it and they are struggling to find creative ways to address the needs of government for revenue and communities for relief.

GAO: Improvements Under Way At Arlington Cemetery

AP | By MATTHEW BARAKAT | Posted 12.16.2011 | DC

McLEAN, Va. -- Management of Arlington National Cemetery has improved significantly in the last year since the cemetery's top two officials were force...

A $200K Mortgage for $2 a Month

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 02.08.2012 | Business
Rep. Alan Grayson

Maybe you thought, "a $200,000 mortgage? For only $2 each month? That sounds impossible." Well, it is possible. It's just not possible for you. For Bank of America, yes. For Citigroup, yes. For Wells Fargo, yes. For you, no.

Jason Cherkis

Occupy Activsts Help Families From Evictions As Part Of National Occupy Our Homes Action | Jason Cherkis | Posted 05.21.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- In the late evening on Tuesday, Brigitte Walker welcomed Occupy Atlanta onto her property in an effort to save her Riverdale, Ga., home ...

Vacant Homes Impose Big Costs On Cities: GAO Report

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.06.2011 | Business

The foreclosure crisis is costing cities at a time when they can least afford it. Millions of homes in America are standing vacant, and in many ca...

McCain Says Report Vindicates Claim On Border Fires

AP | Felicia Fonseca | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

By FELICIA FONSECA, ASSOCIATED PRESS FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- A study by Congress' investigative arm shows investigators have linked 30 fires that erupt...

Michael McAuliff

Report: Congress Guts Its Own Government Waste Watchdog | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress must have something against good advice that saves the government tens of billions of dollars every year, Sen. Tom Coburn sugge...

Should The FBI Headquarters Be Demolished?

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.08.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- For years, the FBI headquarters building on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, about halfway between the White House and U.S. Capital, has been des...

Andrea Stone

John Mica Attacks TSA 'Chat-Downs' As 'Idiotic' | Andrea Stone | Posted 12.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the House committee that oversees the Transportation Security Administration blasted the agency's recent test of "chat-d...

Alexander Eichler

Fed Links With Finance Industry Raise Conflict Of Interest Questions | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.19.2011 | Business

When the Federal Reserve was handing out emergency loans during the financial crisis, some of the money didn't have to travel very far. More than a...

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's Your $50,000?

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

The Government Accountability Office says that our government has handed out $16 trillion to the banks. All of that money went from you and me to the banks. And we got nothing. Not even a toaster.

Michael McAuliff

Coburn: Senate's GAO Cuts Will Cost $3.3 Billion | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Coburn and several colleagues are taking their fellow senators to task for slashing the Government Accountability Office's budg...

Dan Froomkin

Pentagon Can't Follow Its Own Money, Report Finds | Dan Froomkin | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has been predicting doom should his department be forced to make considerable budget cuts, but a GAO report released Fr...