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The COP Act: Arming Small Business Contractor "Davids" with Real Stones

Jeff Belkin | Posted 05.27.2012 | Small Business
Jeff Belkin

The new Contractor Opportunity Protection Act, or "COP" Act, currently in the U.S. House has been crafted to bridge the gap between the lofty goals in the small business laws and the nitty-gritty details of ensuring enforcement.

Arthur Delaney

What Happens To People Who Run Out Of Unemployment Insurance? | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.07.2012 | Business

David Arrieta said he received his final $214 unemployment insurance check last week after losing his office manager job in August 2010. "Hopefully...

Jessica Prois

Homeless Female Vets Double In Population, Call For Employment Help | Jessica Prois | Posted 03.27.2012 | Impact

The fact that many homeless female veterans are middle-aged, divorced, unemployed and single mothers is more than just research on paper for Jennifer ...

Gingrich Distorts Food Stamp Facts

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Before Gingrich starts ranting about illegal immigrants ripping off and bankrupting the food stamp program, he might want to check his facts.

Medicating Foster Kids: Not the Travesty It Seems?

Kaitlin Bell Barnett | Posted 02.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Kaitlin Bell Barnett

The reality about foster children and medication is far more complicated than it appears in the political theater of a congressional hearing, or in television news shots of sad-looking, adorable kids set to tug-at-your-heartstrings music.

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...

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...

Americans On The Dollar Coin: We Prefer Bills

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 12.19.2011 | Business

Given the choice, Americans still prefer crisp bills to shiny coins. A lawmaker recently introduced legislation to abandon the paper dollar bill an...

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...

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.

To Super Committee: Pentagon Corruption in the Millions, Time to Cut Defense Contracting

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

With $3.7 trillion already spent by the US on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is painfully apparent that this money is not being spent wisely; in some cases, it is simply being stolen.

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...

Michael McAuliff

Save Uncle Sam $50 Billion Last Year, Get Your Budget Cut This Year | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Government Accountability Office saved Uncle Sam about $50 billion last year, yet Congress is now gearing up to slash the agency's b...

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...

Tyler Kingkade

DOMA Defense: Boehner Complaint Dropped By Watchdog Group CREW | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced he would spend $500,000 to hire an outside law firm to defend the Defense of Marriage...

Treasury Officials Weighing Options To Avoid Default

Reuters | Richard Cowan, Rachelle Younglai, Tim Reid and Caren Bohan | Posted 09.05.2011 | Business

By Richard Cowan, Rachelle Younglai, Tim Reid and Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A small team of U.S. Treasury officials is discussing options ...

FBI Investigating Mishandling Of Remains At Arlington Cemetery

The Washington Post | Jerry Markon and Christian Davenport | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics

The Justice Department is investigating the mishandling of remains at Arlington National Cemetery in a broad criminal inquiry that is also seeking evi...

Why The Auto Bailouts Were The Right Choice

AOL Autos | David Kiley | Posted 07.11.2011 | Business

The Government Accountability Office wants the White House to demonstrate, and actually quantify, what benefits U.S. auto-manufacturing communities sa...

Chris Kirkham

Is The Military Ensuring Quality Education For Soldiers? | Chris Kirkham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Department of Defense has doled out increasing amounts of federal money in recent years to allow active-duty military personnel to pursue college ...

Defunding the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Alan Chartock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Alan Chartock

Colorado Representative Doug Lamborn's op-ed, calling for the defunding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, is truly one of the most disingenuous pieces of propaganda I have ever read.

Report Predicts Oil Shale Contributing To Colorado's Pending Water Shortage

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Eyebrows were raised over the weekend when Colorado's Statewide Water Supply Initiative released a report that predicted the state will have difficult...

Amanda Terkel

The Cost Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The military's controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which is set to be rolled back in the coming months, expelled 3,664 service...

New Report on Background Checks for School Employees Questions Safety of Our Children

Teresa Huizar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Teresa Huizar

Recently, the Government Accountability Office released a study on the lack of criminal history checks conducted on teachers and corresponding rates of sexual misconduct by school staff.