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 "Audit":

"… sproportionately downsized. As a 2000 Defense Department Inspector General Audit report recorded: "DoD reduced its acquisition workforce from 460,516 to 23 …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Claire McCaskill":

"… -Texas, Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Rand Paul, R-Ky. …"

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 "Lincoln Chafee":

"… r Vartanian,  announced his resignation Wednesday in the wake of Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s plan to cut the Bureau of Audits, citing the state’s ranking as a re …"

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

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 "Commodity Futures Trading Commission":

"… ey need to done,” Devaney said.   …"

Six Questions for Kendra Barkoff

Six Questions for...Kendra Barkoff

Excerpts from this story referencing "oil and gas industry":

"… porter Aaron Mehta about the government's collection of royalties from the oil and gas industry.Does Interior have any estimate about how much the government is losing ea …"

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

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 "Public Company Accounting":

"… ates companies to have tougher internal controls. The law also created the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board to regulate auditors of corporate books.The high court’s …"

"… fidence in all publicly-traded companies.The case, Free Enterprise Fund v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, was brought on behalf of a small Nevada accounting firm t …"

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 "IndyMac Bank":

"… ently been forced to assume are the electronics retailer Circuit City, the IndyMac Bank, and the Lehman Brothers investment firm.And General Motors’ and Chrysle …"

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 "Internet services":

"… st month, charging the owner and three employees of a Staten Island, N.Y., Internet services company with conspiring to defraud the program of millions of dollars. For …"

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