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 "Secretary of Defense":

"… ent) was central to Cold War defense contracting, famously associated with Secretary of Defense McNamara's efforts to bring service buying under central control. From 199 …"

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 "Audit":

"… into political groups and "sensitive personal identifiable information." Auditors acknowledge that they were unable to determine whether such material "w …"

"… standards, from which FEC officials have maintained the agency is exempt. Auditors also admonish the FEC for not heeding its IT security recommendations f …"

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 "Obama":

"… ;reporting on Solyndra.The loan, originally touted as a model of President Obama’s green energy program, has become a political weapon. “The Treasury r …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… trillion-dollar derivatives market.The embarrassing grade was disclosed by Inspector General A. Roy Lavik in his semiannual report to Congress, which included a summar …"

"… our audit function, conducted by the Federal Election Commission Office of Inspector General. We failed, with a scope limitation,” Lavik’s semiannual report said.& …"

"… seriously,” Judith Ringle, an attorney advisor in the CFTC’s Office of Inspector General, told iWatch News. “We have hired an outside consultant to help with rem …"

"… ved a flunking grade in the past five years — Arnold Fields, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, who resigned in January. A peer review of …"

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.”

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 "Iowa":

"… he strongest inspector general audits in memory,” Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, told the Center in a statement. “Taxpayers can’t be on the hook for a …"

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

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 "Jan Schakowsky":

"… Management. Dyncorp said the deal would be worth about $1.5 billion. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), the watchdog group Project on Government Oversight and others …"

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 "Audit":

"… thing that might jeopardize ongoing investigations.FCC Wants To Do Its Own AuditsThe FCC says USAC's Audits have been helpful, but are not an acceptable su …"