Lawmakers complain about shoddy intelligence contractor database

By James Arkin

Frustrations are rising on Capitol Hill about the intelligence community’s failure to justify its widespread use of contractors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Edward Snowden":

"… s contractors, or why.” Congressional pique intensified last year after Edward Snowden, an employee for contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, leaked thousands of class …"

OPINION: making the tough health care calls

By Wendell Potter

Independent Payment Advisory Board may be best hope for trimming costs, eliminating unnecessary procedures.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicaid":

"… o Medicare. Even though the program is run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, members of Congress frequently exert their influence over that a …"

"… dical procedures and devices paid for by taxpayers to cover state workers, Medicaid recipients and the people receiving benefits through the state’s workers …"

GOP leadership PACs boost American Future Fund

By Michael Beckel

Republican senators steered donations to a nonprofit group touting their GOP colleague in May.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Hampshire":

"… reshmen Sen. Kelly Ayotte found herself under serious political fire. The New Hampshire Republican’s vote in April against enhancing firearm background checks p …"

Pentagon may be wasting a billion dollars a year in erroneous payments to contractors

By Richard H.P. Sia

Check-writing mistakes are said to be huge but the military is not tracking the problem closely enough to know for sure.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Coburn":

"… o co-sponsored the law with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and others. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., ranking member of the committee, cited the GAO’s conclusions w …"

Eyelid lifts skyrocket among Medicare patients, costing taxpayers millions

By Joe Eaton and David Donald

Medicare paying more and more as critics question rationale for procedure that's often cosmetic.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Coburn":

"… tle wonder that the [Medicare] program is in such dire shape,” said Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., who is also a physician. “The federal government is essen …"

Senators investigating Apple own company stock

By Dave Levinthal and Reity O'Brien

Heitkamp, Carper report stock together worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… share, ranked among the most popular holdings by all members of Congress — just below the stock shares of other massive companies such …"

GOP senators call for overhaul of electronic health records program

By Fred Schulte

Report says $35 billion Obama administration stimulus program not working

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kathleen Sebelius":

"… process known as “upcoding.” U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder last September notified five medical grou …"

FEMA program finances dubious counter-terror toys

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Billions have been spent on an urban security program but no one knows if it produced any appreciable new security

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… didn’t even have to foot the$69,000 bill. The funds instead came from a Federal Emergency Management Agency program known as the Urban Area Security Initiative, which has so far spen …"

Medicare paid $3.6 billion for electronic health records but didn't verify quality goals were met

By Fred Schulte

Medicare paid providers billions to adopt electronic records without checking to see they're meeting quality goals

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Coburn":

"… ology long before the stimulus program was announced. A spokesman for Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., called that an “inexcusable waste of taxpayer dollars,” sayi …"

Pentagon spending for non-military programs assailed

By R. Jeffrey Smith

How exactly do defense officials spend $629 billion a year, anyhow?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Coburn":

"… needs.The examples are cited in a 73-page report issued last week by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., that describes how cash-rich the Pentagon is and how distorted s …"

Senate report says national intelligence fusion centers have been useless

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Data gleaned from counter-terrorism centers has been mostly useless, says Senate report

Excerpts from this story referencing "Philadelphia":

"… given to a fusion center that DHS publicly claimed to have established in Philadelphia but which the subcommittee discovered did not – as of August this year …"

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 "Tom Coburn":

"… a good-government goal first set in legislation enacted 18 years ago.Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., a member of a subcommittee on federal financial management, is l …"

Billions of dollars for fancy software and where has it gotten them?

By R. Jeffrey Smith

New army and air force software produces errors not efficiency

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Brown":

"… hen I hear reports like this, it's like fingernails on a chalkboard." Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) commented that "it is simply unacceptable that Department leader …"

Romney campaign directs more than $1.7 million to state officials

By Corbin Hiar

Presidential hopeful directed more funds to early contests than Super Tuesday states

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Coburn":

"… nt Republicans House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia and Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma endorsed the candidate.Three of the eight Super Tuesday states …"

FACT CHECK: Gunning down the truth in Michigan

By FactCheck.Org

Exciting race between Romney and Santorum makes for misstatements in Michigan TV ads

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Coburn":

"… t. And he voted against an amendment proposed by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn to specifically defund the Bridge to Nowhere (and another Alaska bridge) a …"

FACT CHECK: McCain’s erroneous earmark attack

By FactCheck.Org

Sen. John McCain cherry-picks data on one of his forefront issues, to attack Newt Gingrich

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Coburn":

"… became speaker, they turned earmarks into an art form and it — as [Sen.] Tom Coburn says, it is the gateway to corruption. And we had members, former members …"

Four reasons GOP lawmakers aren't backing Gingrich

By Corbin Hiar

Why few colleagues of the controversial ex-House speaker support for his presidential bid

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Coburn":

"… ee times, a fact that rankles some of his more traditional colleagues.Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma spoke for many conservative Republicans in August 2010 when he …"

FactCheck.org's guide to the New Hampshire debates

By FactCheck.Org

FactCheck.org lays out the busy weekend for Republican presidential candidates leading up to N.H. primary

Excerpts from this story referencing "Supreme Court":

"… ed.In truth, the state had little choice but to cover abortions. The state Supreme Court had ruled in 1981 that the Massachusetts Constitution required p …"

Undaunted, Senator still trying to close decrepit schools on military bases

By Rachael Marcus

The Senate won't take up a proposal to close Defense Department-run schools. But the plan's architect vows to try again.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Coburn":

"… nts to nearby public school systems.But the plan’s chief architect, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), is vowing to try again. He estimates potential savings to the P …"

Is Michael Jackson's doctor disqualified from Medicare? Or are two senators mistaken?

By Joe Eaton

Obama admin. disputes senators' contention that Michael Jackson's physician still eligible to bill Medicare

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Coburn":

"… th. But the lawmakers aren’t backing down.Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, on Tuesday sent a letter to Medicare’s administrator allegi …"

Michael Jackson's doctor, other convicted felons, still listed as Medicare providers

By Joe Eaton

Senators' criticize Medicare's inability to weed out troubled physicians

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate Finance Committee":

"… f the Medicare program.According to a letter two senior Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee sent to Medicare’s administrator on Tuesday, Murray and other convicted …"

Health information technology: Incentives may not always serve intended purpose

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Some payments may be going to doctors who have been using electronic health records for years

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Coburn":

"… not paying for nothing,” he said.Others disagreed. A spokesman for Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., an obstetrician, said that “if providers have been paid for sy …"

Senators want more aggressive action to curb rampant Medicare fraud

By Joe Eaton

Hatch, Coburn, says federal health program for the elderly isn't weeding out scamsters, bad doctors

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Coburn":

"… r Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, wrote that Medicare contractors are allowing doctors and scam …"

As FEMA funds run out, senators from states with most disasters oppose funding bill

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

Some senators supported disaster aid before they voted against it

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Coburn":

"… pposed legislation to increase the fund without offsets. One of them, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, said to do so would be “unconscionable.”Along with Texas …"

Controversial FAA program serves just 153 communities at a cost of $200 million

By Corbin Hiar

Controversial air service subsidy lives on despite years of criticism

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ray LaHood":

"… ar EAS program.The dispute was only resolved when Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that he had the ability to overrule the EAS cuts, clearing the w …"

IMPACT: Bipartisan bill targets Medicare scammers

By Joe Eaton

IMPACT: Bipartisan bill targets Medicare scammers

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Coburn":

"… to Save Taxpayer Dollars Act, introduced by Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., includes a provision that would require all prescriptions paid f …"

Geithner's threat to tap congressional retirement funds rings hollow

By John Aloysius Farrell

Don't worry if Treasury is tapping the G Fund; it'll be paid back in full

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Coburn":

"… llion over 10 years.”Republican Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma have introduced legislation that would abolish the defined ben …"

Newt Gingrich faces questions about consulting job and support for biofuels

By John Aloysius Farrell

Gingrich takes consulting fee from ethanol while getting big fossil fuel donations

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Coburn":

"… nt to remain competitive. It’s really as simple as that.”And when Sen. Tom Coburn, a conservative Republican from Oklahoma, proposed to eliminate the main e …"

WaMu, other banks motivated by greed, financial crisis probe concludes

By David Heath

WaMu, other bankers knowingly sold bad loans, Senate probe of crisis concludes

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Coburn":

"… nswer is that there is still time. Hope springs eternal.”Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma agreed with the investigation’s findings, saying, “It show …"

GAO cites billions of dollars in duplication, from military to highways

By Aaron Mehta

It is one of the inexplicable facets of government: duplication across agencies and departments at a cost of billions of dollars to taxpayer

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Coburn":

"… plication that should keep Congress busy for the rest of the year,” Sen. Tom Coburn of R-Okla. said.Covering over 30 areas of government spending where progra …"

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