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 "Halliburton":

"… the news in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, names like Halliburton and Bechtel became as familiar to the average American as the names of any …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pakistan":

"… an influenza, and the U.S. missions in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Islamabad, Pakistan, underscore the continuing need for a funding source from which extraordin …"

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.”

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… Justice John Roberts wrote in a majority 5-4 decision. The law, passed by Congress after a wave of accounting scandals involving Enron Corp., Tyco and Worldc …"

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 "General Motors":

"… ircuit City, the IndyMac Bank, and the Lehman Brothers investment firm.And General Motors’ and Chrysler’s continued losses leave their massive pension plans han …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… ute over how the Defense Department would choose a new contractor. Now the Pentagon is promising a full and open competition, which could begin within two wee …"

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 "Federal Communications Commission":

"… the funds they need because some bad apples are not being dealt with."The Federal Communications Commission's Schools and Libraries program, also known as the "E-Rate" program, is su …"