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GOP senator outlines $68 billion in defense cuts

Defense spending could be slashed by $68 billion over 10 years if the military stopped spending millions on running grocery stores, operating its own schools and even developing a roll-up version of beef jerky, insists one of the Senate's leading fiscal conservatives. In a new report, Republican Sen. Tom Coburn dubs the Pentagon the "Department of Everything."

Tags: DoD , budget , Congress , Senate ,

Thursday - 11/15/2012, 10:48am EST

More than $18B spent on 'outdated and outlandish' projects, Coburn report says

Sen. Tom Coburn's report on government waste details spending on 100 government projects, programs and initiatives at a cost of $18 billion. The report also points to potentially systemic issues affecting federal management, such as the lack of strategic sourcing in federal acquisition and the General Services Administration's outdated contract schedules.

Tags: waste , budget , wasteful spending , GSA schedules , strategic sourcing , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 10/16/2012, 06:18pm EDT

Report: Social Security lax on disability claims

Social Security is so overwhelmed by disability claims that some officials are awarding benefits without adequately reviewing applications, potentially adding to the program's financial problems as it edges closer to the brink of insolvency, congressional investigators say in a new report.

Tags: SSA , disability benefits ,

Thursday - 09/13/2012, 11:04am EDT

Bill would give DoD incentives to audit its books on time

New legislation from several senators would let DoD reprogram funds without congressional approval.

Tags: management , Congress , DoD , GAO , 2011 Defense Authorization , Taeja Smith , Elizabeth Robbins , financial management , Joe Manchin , Claire McCaskill , Ron Johnson

Friday - 08/03/2012, 05:36am EDT

Incomplete SSA records lead to payments to dead people

Information regarding a person's death is not always correctly transferred between the Social Security Administration's databases, according to a new report from the agency's inspector general. As a result, various agencies may be sending money to dead people or fraudsters.

Tags: SSA , improper payments , oversight , financial management , Esther Carey

Friday - 07/13/2012, 02:23pm EDT

Agency performance reporting lags under wasteful spending initiative

A report by the Congressional Research Service finds it's not clear whether agencies are meeting performance goals set out a June 2011 executive order to make the federal government more efficient and accountable.

Tags: CRS , transparency , GAT Board , RAT Board , technology , Campaign to Cut Waste , Barack Obama , Joe Biden

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 08:48am EDT

Agencies sitting on $70B in unspent funds, report finds

A congressional report released today outlines $70 billion of unspent federal dollars that could have helped disaster victims, spurred highway construction and fund education programs.

Tags: budget , financial management , Congress , Senate

Thursday - 06/07/2012, 09:30am EDT

Senators call for GSA chief to look at PBS structure

In a letter to Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini, a bipartisan group of senators called for an evaluation of the structure of GSA's Public Buildings Service, tying it to the wasteful spending of the Las Vegas scandal.

Tags: PBS , Public Buildings Service , gsa , Shakeup at GSA , Congress , Dan Tangherlini , Tom Carper , Mark Pryor , Rob Portman

Tuesday - 05/22/2012, 02:49pm EDT

Senate OKs postal amendments to limit conference spending, stave off closures

In a marathon series of votes Tuesday, the Senate considered more than a dozen amendments to a postal reform bill, approving a provision to limit all federal agencies' spending on conferences, but voting down an amendment expanding the federal workers' compensation program. Lawmakers also rejected an amendment that would have required retirement-eligible USPS employees to retire without a buyout payment. The Senate will resume voting on amendments Wednesday at 2 p.m. before voting on a final version of the 21st Century Postal Service Act.

Tags: Senate , budget , Congress , USPS , conference spending , Susan Collins , Joe Lieberman , Tom Carper , Scott Brown , Daniel Akaka , FECA , NTEU

Tuesday - 04/24/2012, 10:11pm EDT
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