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EPA Not Keeping Kids Safe From Toxic Chemicals, GAO Reports

Mother Nature Network | Jenn Savedge | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

According to a recent report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Environmental Protection Agency's commitment to keeping child...

To Do the Impossible Job

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is about being able to write a realistic job goal. If the U.S. government can't do that then why expect a contractor to pull its fat out of the fire?

Allied Forces Face 40 Attacks Every Day In Afghanistan

The Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

British troops in Afghanistan are coming under the fiercest and most sustained assault since the start of the conflict nine years ago, with coalition ...

In Details Of Dodd Bill, Some Loopholes And Unanswered Questions

Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Keith Epstein, Ben Protess and David Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The fine print in the sweeping overhaul of the U.S. financial system proposed by Sen. Christopher Dodd reveals loopholes, ambiguities and unanswered q...

DynCorp Wins Contract Dispute Over Afghan Police Training

Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Christine Spolar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Re-tooling the Afghan national police as a counterinsurgency force is a critical part of the military mission in Afghanistan. Now that effort will be ...

Ryan Grim

Fed Audit Bitterly Opposed By Treasury

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Treasury Department is vigorously opposed to a House-passed measure that would open the Federal Reserve to an audit by the Government Accountabili...

Action Needed to Better Enforce Humane Slaughter Act

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

The star witness at yesterday's Congressional hearing before the House Oversight Committee's Domestic Policy Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Dennis Kuci...

Fed Transparency Should Precede Bernanke Confirmation

Dean Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dean Baker

At the moment, Congress lacks the independent and objective analysis needed to fully assess Bernanke's performance, and therefore to make an informed judgment as to whether he deserves re-appointment.

Government Pays Mortgage Servicers Billions, While Homeowners Suffer

McClatchy Newspapers | Chris Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The federal government is engaged in a massive mortgage modification program that's on track to send billions in tax dollars to many of ...

NY-23: Hoffman Tells GOP Clean Energy Bill Lie, Completely Botches it

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Nelson

Doug Hoffman is dangerously out of touch. Recent false statements he made on cap-and-trade tell it all.

U.S. Fears $53 Billion Spent On Reconstruction In Iraq Will Go To Waste

nytimes.com | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In its largest reconstruction effort since the Marshall Plan, the United States government has spent $53 billion for relief and reconstruction in Iraq...

Some Nonprofit Student Lenders Accused Of Misconduct

Huffington Post | Jeannnette Neumann, Cezary Podkul, Delphine Reuter and Andrew Tobin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As the cost of college continues to skyrocket, students are increasingly seeking loans from nonprofits--state-based organizations often viewed as an a...

Shahien Nasiripour

While Law School Tuition Skyrockets, Government Student Loan Limits Remain Stagnant

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

While law school tuition has skyrocketed over the past 15 years, federal loan limits have remained stagnant, putting more pressure on students to take...

CFTC Gets Derivatives Advice From Industry Insiders

HuffPost Investigative Fund | Keith Epstein And Ben Protess | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Like many federal agencies contemplating reform these days, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission is hearing a lot from the industry it regulates...

GAO Report: State Department Language Skills Are Dangerously Insufficient

Foreign Policy | Josh Rogin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

About a third of Foreign Service officers in jobs that require language skills don't have the proficiency required to do their jobs, hurting America's...

GAO: AIG Improving, But May Never Fully Repay Taxpayers

AP | BY JEANNINE AVERSA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Shares of American International Group Inc. jumped more than 20 percent Monday after the head of the House Committee on Oversight a...

Bush Bureau Of Land Management Abused Legal Exceptions To Benefit Big Oil And Gas: GOA

The Colorado Independent | David O. Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 rather famously - or infamously, depending on your point of view - allowed for a Safe Drinking Water Act exemption for t...

Listen to Mr. David Walker

John David Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John David Lewis

Officials must often make a choice: to remain silent and keep their jobs, or to resign and speak the truth.

GAO: VA Failing to Serve Women Warriors

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

This week, the Government Accountability Office released a stunning new report detailing significant barriers that many female veterans face in accessing health care at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

$328B Still Left In Bank Bailout Fund

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The government has tens of billions of dollars left in the eye-popping $700 billion bank bailout fund created last fall, prompting ...

Jason Linkins

Investigators Smuggled Bomb Parts Into Ten Federal Buildings

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sarabeth at 1115.org draws attention to this downright scary story from CNN, detailing how investigators, sent to test security protocols at all sorts...

Federal Contractors Got Billions In Bonuses, Despite Performance: Report

washingtonpost.com | Steve Vogel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Federal agencies have awarded billions in bonuses to contractors regardless of whether the work was deemed satisfactory, according to a Government Acc...

90 Percent of Mexican Crime Guns Come From U.S., Says GAO

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Sugarmann

So much for NRA chief Wayne LaPierre's oft-repeated claim that Mexican gun traffickers don't bother to "trifle with paperwork at U.S. gun stores."

GAO Report Highlights Costs of U.S. Food Aid Restrictions

Kimberly Ann Elliott | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kimberly Ann Elliott

Congressional restrictions on U.S. food aid raise the costs of delivering it by as much as a third and delay it reaching hungry people by up to 100 days.

DOE Nuclear Clean-Up Program "High-Risk Area For Fraud, Waste, Abuse, And Mismanagement"

The Huffington Post | Cara Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The Department of Energy is not adequately reporting the environmental impact of its billion-dollar program to clean up nuclear waste, according to a ...