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The Pentagon Spent Nearly $43 Million On A Gas Station In Afghanistan

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics

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The Folly of IRS Privatization

Nathan Newman | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Nathan Newman

This mania for privatization has reached the Internal Revenue Service and taxpayers should be worried that tax investigations might become a political prize handed out to campaign donors. that profit-oriented companies engage in controlling tax investigations instills a whole different level of fear.

4 Better Ways to Spend $163 Billion

Avi Yashchin | Posted 08.21.2015 | Technology
Avi Yashchin

The F-35 joint strike fighter, the United States' most expensive warplane to date, was supposed to cost $1.5 trillion over 50 years. The current contract is seven years behind schedule and $163 billion over budget. Here are four other things the US could have bought with the waste from the program.

Ghosts of Wall Street

Joseph Grant | Posted 08.11.2015 | Entertainment
Joseph Grant

It's been said of late that civility has been lost in politics. Maybe it never existed in politics to the extent we think it did. There has always been rancor and debate. There have always been cantankerous adversaries. But this year the mud-slinging seems a little more indulgent or shall I say self-indulgent?

An Open Letter to Governor Hogan: The New Metro Lines Are Too Expensive

Randal O'Toole | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Randal O'Toole

Dear Governor Hogan, You have said you would approve the $2.5-billion Purple Line light-rail in suburban DC (along with Baltimore's $3.0-billion Red Line) if the cost could be substantially reduced. Here is a way to accomplish this goal.

5 Awful Things Congress Snuck Into the Omnibus Budget Deal

Josh Silver | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Josh Silver

If you're a Congressperson looking to sneak through something shady, the omnibus budget bill is the perfect opportunity since 1) It's 1600 pages long and relatively easy to hide things in, and 2) Congress has to pass it or the government shuts down. Again.

Obamacare Processing Center Pays Employees To Do Nothing -- And It's Still Hiring

The Huffington Post | Sara Bondioli | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics

Employees are getting paid to do nothing at a facility that processes Obamacare applications -- and the company is still hiring, according to a report...

Our Taxpayer Dollars: Going to Waste and Wealthy Corporations

Jaimie Woo | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Jaimie Woo

Let's help our budget crises by continuing billion-dollar handouts to huge, profitable agribusinesses. Apparently, that's what Congress thinks.

In Search of Government Competence

Rob Taub | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Rob Taub

There are many annoying things about the NYC subway system, but the most maddening for me is the signage indicating when the next train will arrive. ...

The Waste That Wasn't: Senator Coburn Misrepresents Science in Annual Hit List

Michael Halpern | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Michael Halpern

There is waste in government just as there is in the private sector. Oversight is fantastic. But showmanship is galling. As to which camp Coburn's new report falls into, it's an easy call.

Unlikely Allies Find Common Ground -- Can Congress?

Jaimie Woo | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Jaimie Woo

The American public has seen it all -- a government shutdown for the first time in 18 years, and what seems like the strongest partisan gridlock in history. Well, time is almost up again.

Gov't Agency Goes Way Too Far To Fight Hackers

The Huffington Post | Gerry Smith | Posted 07.09.2013 | Technology

The U.S. Commerce Department destroyed more than $170,000 worth of desktops, printers, TVs, cameras and computer mice to remove from its network an in...

Emily Swanson

Poll Reveals Which Spending Americans Want To Cut | Emily Swanson | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics

Polls repeatedly show that while Americans want to cut government spending in the abstract, they oppose nearly all the specific cuts needed to actuall...

A $51 Million Problem

AP | CURT ANDERSON | Posted 03.07.2013 | Miami

MIAMI -- Millions of square feet of wasted space in federal courthouses that have opened since 2000 are costing U.S. taxpayers upwards of $51 million ...

The Good Samaritan Effect: The Virtuous Cycle of Private Charity

J. Haavard Maridal | Posted 03.26.2013 | Impact
J. Haavard Maridal

It is clear that voluntary charity is not only more effective at serving the poor, but yields other, wider social benefits including building trust, lowering crime, and enhancing happiness.

Contractors: The Pentagon Isn't a Jobs Program

Ben Freeman | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
Ben Freeman

Cutting waste at the Pentagon and strengthening our economic security will strengthen our national security. Congress can avoid sequestration's meat-cleaver approach, and instead use a scalpel to make strategic cuts.

The Terror-Fighting Boondoggle

Radley Balko | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

A new report from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) finds that--no surprise--there's lots of waste and excess in homeland security spending. An armored pers...

Michael McAuliff

Republican Senator Cites Zombie Apocalypse In Waste Report | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There are zombie banks, the zombie apocalypse, and now, according to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), zombie homeland security programs that s...

6 INSANE Instances Of Government Waste In Florida

The Huffington Post | Joey Francilus | Posted 10.18.2012 | Miami

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has released his annual "Wastebook" report, highlighting extravagant government spending in 2012 -- and of course, Florida s...

How doctors and hospitals have collected billions in questionable Medicare fees

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 11.17.2012 | Health News
The Center for Public Integrity

By Fred Schulte and David DonaldThe Center for Public IntegrityThousands of doctors and other medical professionals have steadily billed higher rate...

Off Course: Did Navy Underplay Steering Problem Before Awarding Ship Contract?

Ben Freeman | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Ben Freeman

In late 2010, the future of one of the U.S. Navy's prized new weapons systems hung in the balance.

Taking on Our Fair Share of the City's Waste Burden

Melissa Mark-Viverito | Posted 09.18.2012 | New York
Melissa Mark-Viverito

Our trash does not magically disappear overnight -- it has to go somewhere. Residents for Sane Trash Solutions should join the rest of us in taking on their fair share of the city's waste burden.

That Makes No Sense! Your Security's a Joke (And You're the Butt of It)

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In the years since the 9/11 attacks, the Complex has made itself, if nothing else, utterly secure, and paranoia has been its closest companion. A superstructure of "security" has been endlessly expanded based largely on the fear that terrorists will do you harm.

Idling Government Employees Need to Wake Up

Steven Kurlander | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

With the economy so bad now, these blatant public displays of waste and excess in taxpayer-subsidized vehicles highlight a careless disregard for public funds and how they are spent.

Michael McAuliff

Coburn: RNC, DNC Should Return Taxpayers' Money For Conventions | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If politicians are so worked up over lavish conventions funded by taxpayers, the two major parties should give back more than $35 millio...