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What a waste -- Sen. Coburn releases annual survey of wasteful government spending

From super soldiers to stay-at-home feds, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) identified 100 programs that have generated almost $30 billion in wasteful spending by the federal government in 2013.

Tags: Congress , Senate , Tom Coburn , Michael OConnell

Monday - 12/16/2013, 05:11pm 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More than $18B spent on 'outdated and outlandish' projects, Coburn report says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management, such as the lack of strategic sourcing in federal acquisition and the General Services Administration's outdated contract schedules.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: Tom Coburn , waste , budget , GSA schedules , strategic sourcing , Jack Moore

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

Coburn report identifies nearly $7B in wasteful government spending

Among the report's outline of wasteful spending were more than $35 million in wasteful spending on political conventions, $14 million on an Air Force green construction project that was victim to "poor planning," and $4.68 billion identified by the final report of the Commission on Wartime Contracting on contracting waste in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tags: Tom Coburn , Barack Obama , budget

Tuesday - 12/20/2011, 11:02am EST

OPM commits to stopping payments to dead people

The Office of Personnel Management has created a task force to lead efforts to stop payments to retirees who have died. An inspector general report released Thursday revealed that OPM had paid $601 million in benefits to dead people since 2006.

Tags: John Berry , pay and benefits , OPM , retirement , OMB , IG , Emily Kopp , pay , benefits , Patrick McFarland

Friday - 09/23/2011, 06:17pm EDT
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White House expands regulatory overhaul effort

It's time to drain away unneeded federal regulations. Cass Sunstein, the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, told Federal News Radio when to expect final plans from executive agencies and how independent regulatory agencies are now getting in on the review process.

Tags: Federal Drive , regulation , management , office of information and regulatory affairs , Cass Sunstein , OIRA ,

Friday - 07/15/2011, 09:31am EDT
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OMB pushes CFOs to lead cost-cutting effort

In a memo to agency financial managers, Danny Werfel set a July 31 deadline for three broad initiatives to reduce spending. Agency CFOs also must rank their employees' SAVE Award ideas for implementation and begin sharing best practices to root out waste, fraud and abuse.

Tags: CFO , OMB , Danny Werfel , CFO Council , management , SAVE Awards , Jason Miller

Thursday - 06/30/2011, 02:59pm EDT

White House announces plan to cut government waste

The President signed an executive order Monday creating an oversight board to identify areas where agencies can eliminate or streamline.

Tags: Barack Obama , Joe Biden , White House , budget , spending cuts , executive order , Jolie Lee

Monday - 06/13/2011, 01:45pm EDT
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Bill would cut $5B in duplicative federal spending

Two senators propose a bill that would cut $5 billion in duplicative and overlapping government programs.

Tags: Tom Coburn , Mark Warner , duplicative program , GAO , Barack Obama , Congress , Senate , Jolie Lee

Wednesday - 05/11/2011, 06:08pm EDT