The shadow Pentagon

By Dan Guttman

Private contractors play a huge role in basic government work—mostly out of public view

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coalition Provisional Authority":

"… tor General noted—in a March 2004 report on 24 contracts awarded for the Coalition Provisional Authority between February and August 2003, by the Department of Defense Contracting …"

Audit: FEC still in 'significant' danger of hacking

By Dave Levinthal

New audit says federal election agency must improve its IT security or face threat of more incursions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ann Ravel":

"… oming FEC Chairman Lee Goodman, a Republican, and incoming Vice Chairwoman Ann Ravel, a Democrat, both described the fixing of the agency's IT woes as a "top p …"

Bipartisan group of lawmakers demands better Pentagon auditing

By Zach Toombs

A Republican-led effort threatens to block major weapons systems if the military services cannot account properly for their expenditures.

State Integrity Investigation cited in Rhode Island flap

By Caitlin Ginley

Auditor resigns over governor's plan to eliminate auditing agency rated highly by State Integrity Investigation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Audit":

"… sed as part of the governor’s  budget.  Rhode Island’s Chief Auditor, H. Chris Der Vartanian,  announced his resignation Wednesday in th …"

"… Wednesday in the wake of Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s plan to cut the Bureau of Audits, citing the state’s ranking as a reason to keep the independent Auditin …"

"… that caused the controversy would transfer the functions of the Bureau of Audits to a different administrative division in the executive branch — one di …"

Treasury Department review of Solyndra loan was rushed, report says

By Chris Hamby

Energy Department didn't involve Treasury Department until loan to now-bankrupt company was largely finalized, report says

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Financing Bank":

"… the Energy Department arranged the loan, it was actually processed by the Federal Financing Bank, a government lending institution under Treasury’s control. The newly re …"

State Dept. spends terrorism and emergency dollars on parties, rented linens and a kitchen

By Corbin Hiar

Auditors question some use of special State Dept. fund meant for crises, evacuations and other ‘extraordinary’ needs

CFTC watchdog flunks review, cited for sloppy procedures

By Shirley Gao

CFTC watchdog criticized for sloppy procedures, lack of quality control

Six Questions for Kendra Barkoff

Six Questions for...Kendra Barkoff

SEC’s ex-chief accountant: Is agency a lapdog or watchdog?

A former Securities and Exchange Commission official urged the regulator “to get serious about enforcement.”

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… ner, a former SEC chief accountant who left in 2001, in testimony before a Senate panel examining the role of accounting firms in the financial crisis.Turne …"

"… no warnings from auditors?Democrat Jack Reed of Rhode Island, head of the Senate subcommittee that held the hearing, said “auditors have a special respon …"

"… Watch story last September.  Valukas, who also testified  at the Senate hearing, said he found evidence to support a civil lawsuit against former …"

Philadelphia Housing Authority spent millions improperly

By Aaron Mehta

The agency in charge of low-income housing for Philadelphia paid $30.5 million to outside law firms over a three-year period and couldn’t fu

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chuck Grassley":

"… This is one of the strongest inspector general audits in memory,” Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, told the Center in a statement. “Taxpayers can’t be on the ho …"

Supreme Court leaves most of auditing regulator intact

The U.S. Supreme Court today struck down as unconstitutional some provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act that created an auditing oversight re

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nevada":

"… ublic Company Accounting Oversight Board, was brought on behalf of a small Nevada accounting firm that challenged the constitutionality of Sarbanes-Oxley af …"

No guarantees at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

By John Solomon

Last November, the federal corporation charged with protecting Americans’ retirement funds issued an ominous public warning: the amount of p

Excerpts from this story referencing "Audit":

"… last month their condition is improving, but losses continue to accumulate.Audit policiesTo ensure its own health, PBGC undergoes two Audits each year. One …"

Audit finds poor controls on millions of dollars in Afghan police program

Pentagon discovers overpayments to contractor, potential for waste

Excerpts from this story referencing "Audit":

"… leading defense Audit agency.A November 2009 Audit by the Defense Contract Audit Agency, made public Friday by a Senate subcommittee on contracti …"

Phone fund for schools, libraries riddled with fraud

Government officials say they don't have the resources to fix the Universal Service Fund

Excerpts from this story referencing "Baltimore":

"… year salary and $50,000 annual bonus. He went on to found HiFusion Inc., a Baltimore-based Internet services company that catered to schools. In 2000, HiFusion …"