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Government Waste

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Andrea Stone

TSA Equipment Gathers Dust In Texas Warehouse At $184 Million Cost To Taxpayers, GOP Lawmakers Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Thousands of pieces of security equipment that cost taxpayers an estimated $184 million and were supposed to be installed at airport che...

Needs Over MEADS

Mark Pfeifle | Posted 06.24.2012 | Politics
Mark Pfeifle

For reasons that defy all logic, the administration wishes to spend yet another $400 million on MEADS, the Medium Extended Air Defense System, while simultaneously acknowledging that the missile system will never get off the ground.

Government Workers Are Unfairly Assailed

Ted Kaufman | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics
Ted Kaufman

Those who believe that you have to pay well to attract the best talent usually don't accept the same argument when it comes to government employees.

The GSA Junket and the Dedication of the FDNY: Contrasting Images of Public Service

Steven Cohen | Posted 06.09.2012 | New York
Steven Cohen

In sharp contrast to the nonsense at the GSA, I had the pleasure of attending a graduation ceremony last week at the New York City Fire Department's Officer Management Institute.

Coburn: D.C. Pancake Restaurant Is Government Waste

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.21.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) released his annual "Wastebook" this week and singled out a District of Columbia IHOP restaurant as an example...

Michael McAuliff

Report: Congress Guts Its Own Government Waste Watchdog

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Michael McAuliff

Tom Coburn: Feds Pay Out Billions In 'Welfare For Well-Off'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Millionaires are receiving billions in taxpayer-funded support every year that helps them pay for everything from child care to bad debt...