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As Medical Claim Denials Increase, Be Prepared to Be a Squeaky Wheel

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

With profit margins under pressure because of Obamacare, insurers likely will be denying more of your claims and inserting themselves even more between you and your doctor when it comes to medically necessary care, but you should never take a "no" as the final answer.

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...

Tyler Kingkade

Government Watchdog Raises Concern About Campus Debit Cards

HuffingtonPost.com | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.13.2014 | College

Congress should require financial service companies to disclose how much they pay colleges to offer campus debit cards that may not be the best option...

Senator Warns Coal Sales Might Have Cost Taxpayers

AP | MATTHEW BROWN | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Congressional investigators have found problems with federal coal sales that might have cost taxpayers $200 million or more i...

The Pot Is Calling the Kettle Black in This Feigned Obamacare Outrage

Wendell Potter | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Knowing I've been both a critic of insurance company practices and a supporter of efforts to reform the industry, a FOX news producer reached out last week to get my take on accusations by conservatives that Obamacare will actually result in a bailout of big insurance companies.

Kate Sheppard

U.S. Is Making A Lot Less Off Drilling On Public Lands Than It Should Be

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Federal Probe Questions TSA Behavior Profiling

AP | WILL LESTER | Posted 11.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal probe of a Transportation Security Administration program to screen suspicious behavior of passengers at airports sugges...

The Disability Vote

Kristin Duquette | Posted 12.25.2013 | Politics
Kristin Duquette

In a democratic society, voting is a fundamental right for everyone; however, people with disabilities are often overlooked when it comes to the polling place.

A Radioactive Poster Child for Government Waste

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

The government's plans for the construction of a new uranium processing facility are so ridiculous that it could be a poster child for wasteful and unnecessary spending.

Playing Chicken With Food Safety

Michael Winship | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

New rules the U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to put into effect would transfer much of the work inspecting pork and chicken and turkey meat from trained government inspectors to the processing companies themselves. Talk about putting the fox in the henhouse!

Congressional Republicans Violate Oath of Office

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Before taking office, each member of Congress swears a simple, straightforward oath. It leaves little room for misinterpretation. They vow to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and to "faithfully discharge the duties of the office." High among those duties is paying the government's bills.

Amid Budget Troubles, Army Audit Finds More Miscues

AP | BRETT BARROUQUERE | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Even as the Army faces shrinking budgets, an audit shows it paid out $16 million in paychecks over a 2 1/2-year period to soldiers...

Social Security Has Made Billions In Improper Payments, Report Reveals

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Social Security made $1.3 billion in potentially improper disability payments to people who had jobs when they were supposed to be ...

Audit Finds Gov't Agency Paid Millions To The Dead

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics

As Congress readies for another budget showdown, the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a Monday audit unearthing millions o...

Billions of Defense Contract Dollars May Go Unaudited

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

DCAA had cut corners after a boom in post-9/11 defense contracting came without a corresponding increase in its staffing. But some say it is overcompensating after being slammed by Congress after its failings were exposed by GAO.

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...

'You Can't Outsource National Security'

AP | STEPHEN BRAUN | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Before Edward Snowden began leaking national security secrets, he twice cleared the hurdle of the federal government's background check ...

5 Reasons Why Obama's Climate Change Moment Mustn't Be Missed

Michael Shank | Posted 06.24.2013 | Green
Michael Shank

This is no time for a small pitch on power plant carbon parameters. We need something big if we are to survive at all. Now let's hope he understands that and does something real to address it.

Report Finds Obstacles Ahead For Obamacare Rollout

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There's no guarantee that President Barack Obama's health care law will launch smoothly and on time, congressional investigators say in ...

Feds Called To Investigate Problems At The Polls

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.04.2013 | Politics

Three congressional Democrats asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Thursday to study the "underlying causes" that forced voters to wait...

Report: Billions Needed To Fix America's Crumbling Schools

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics

America's schools are in such disrepair that it would cost more than $270 billion just to get elementary and secondary buildings back to their origina...

Jack Lew, Citigroup and the Ugland Truth

Michael Winship | Posted 05.09.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

Jack Lew is, by all accounts, a decent guy and dedicated public servant, but like so many of our recent treasury secretaries is so deeply immersed in the old boy nexus of Wall Street and government as to have little comprehension of how, in the midst of a soaring Dow Jones, so many millions struggle to make ends meet.

Eleazar David Melendez

Financial Crisis Cost Is Staggering, Government Report Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleazar David Melendez | Posted 02.14.2013 | Business

The 2008 financial crisis cost the U.S. economy more than $22 trillion, a study by the Government Accountability Office published Thursday said. The f...

Welcome to the (Regulatory) Jungle

Emily Spitzer | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Emily Spitzer

Obamacare has the potential to give millions access to quality affordable health care. I just hope the regulators remember this goal.

The Obama Administration Invents a Right to Wheelchair Basketball

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 01.26.2013 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

The American people are a compassionate lot. I have no doubt that they will support the notion that kids with disabilities should get to play sports, too. But let's put it to their elected representatives to decide how it might work, not the faceless bureaucrats in the Office of Civil Rights.