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Veterans' gun rights sticky issue in defense bill

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) sought to amend the bill to stop the Veterans Affairs Department from putting the names of veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their finances into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which prohibits them from buying or owning firearms.

Tags: Veterans Affairs Department , Senate , NRA , Charles Schumer

Monday - 12/03/2012, 03:32am EST

Beef jerky, reality shows, beer: Coburn tells DoD to cut it all out

A new report, called the Department of Everything, says DoD spending over the next 10 years will total almost $68 billion on non- military goods and services. Some recent examples include a smartphone app to help military members manage their caffeine intake and the sponsorship of a workshop by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency called the 100 Year Starship project, which included a session called, "Did Jesus die for Klingons too?"

Tags: management , Congress , DoD , budget , waste, fraud and abuse , Nora Bensahel , Center for New American Security , Elizabeth Robbins , Jason Miller

Friday - 11/16/2012, 05:33am EST
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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More than $18B spent on 'outdated and outlandish' projects, Coburn report says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management, such as the lack of strategic sourcing in federal acquisition and the General Services Administration's outdated contract schedules.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
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