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 "Government":

"… ted recently that the number of core contractor personnel is dropping, the Government Accountability Office concluded in a report early this year that the data …"

"… over at a hearing June 18 by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. Although members have complained for years about the outsourcing, …"

"… that reports to Congress. Scott Amey, general counsel for the Project on Government Oversight, a nonprofit watchdog group, said “I think this is highlightin …"

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 "Congress":

"… nd other health care special interests have pretty much had their way with Congress when it comes to Medicare. Even though the program is run by the Centers f …"

"… ogram is run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, members of Congress frequently exert their influence over that agency to protect or enhance th …"

"… ance their campaigns.   It is because of this meddling by members of Congress that Medicare pays for procedures, medications and medical devices that ha …"

"… ug’s performance. During the health care reform debate, some members of Congress, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va, in particular, felt something com …"

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 "Tom Coburn":

"… ng into action on Ayotte’s behalf. On May 8, the leadership PAC of Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., contributed $15,000 to the American Future Fund, records show. A …"

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 "Air Force":

"… nance and accounting center had miscalculated the pay of more than 201,000 Air Force retirees in 1986, giving them an extra dollar or two each month.  It …"

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 "Obama administration":

"… ip through the cracks — at a cost of millions of dollars.   As the Obama administration and Congress wrestle over how to restrain Medicare’s growing pricetag, c …"

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 "Bank of America":

"… f other massive companies such as General Electric, ExxonMobil, Pfizer and Bank of America, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.     …"

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 "Health":

"… ud and abuse from errant billing, a process known as “upcoding.” U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric H …"

"… titled “REBOOT: Re-examining the Strategies Needed to Successfully Adopt Health IT” was released on Tuesday by Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Lamar Alexa …"

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 "Tom Coburn":

"… ity funds were undoubtedly carefully spent. But a report last week by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) highlighted the highly unusual spending choices listed above and …"

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 "Tom Coburn":

"… ittee report, released by chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and ranking member Tom Coburn (R-Okla.),  said the department’s estimates of its expenditures on …"

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 "Claire McCaskill":

"… bats flew from other Democrats, as well as Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.). Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), in a statement released May 29, said that "as a former auditor, w …"

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 "Ann Romney":

"… ormer Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who got a total of $5,000 from Mitt and Ann Romney after he dropped out, has endorsed him.Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann got …"

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 "Des Moines":

"… defends votes for ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ and other political earmarks.” Des Moines Register. 29 Dec 2011.National Taxpayers Union. Report Card: Rick San …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… of Congress. McCain, who has endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president, has been making an issue of earmarks to help undermine Ging …"

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 "New York":

"… to run for reelection.“Newt Gingrich was a disaster as speaker,” said New York Rep. Peter King last month. “Everything was self-centered. There was a l …"

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 "president":

"… f flip-flopping.– Eugene Kiely and Robert Farley …"

"…  we explained when Sen. John McCain raised the issue in the 2008 presidential campaign, the law left decisions about what should be covered to an ind …"

"… ted by the state’s Planned Parenthood office. During the 2008 Republican presidential primaries, candidate Fred Thompson noted that Romney used his …"

"… so claimed that he created more jobs as governor than Obama has created as president. That’s misleading. Again, as we reported, he was governor at a tim …"

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 "Geronimo Road Elementary School":

"… es that are in “poor” or “failing” condition, reported iWatch News.Geronimo Road Elementary School, in Coburn’s home state of Oklahoma, is one of the failing, public-schoo …"

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 "Tom Coburn":

"… t in the best interest of seniors,” wrote Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Tom Coburn, R-Okla, in the letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Seb …"

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 "Congressional Budget Office":

"… e costs ranging from $3,000 to $9,000, according to a 2008 report from the Congressional Budget Office. Participants have through the end of 2013 to participate in the first sta …"

"… lth information technology. Coburn noted that according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, “the use of health information technology was already projected to be w …"

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 "Tennessee":

"… nd-alone bill by a mostly party-line 61 to 38 vote.Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican and a member of his party’s leadership, told CNN that the Dem …"

"… ll, Alexander, James Inhofe of Oklahoma, Jon Kyl of Arizona, Bob Corker of Tennessee and Pat Roberts of Kansas did not return requests for comment.   …"

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 "America":

"… al Air Service,” said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the conservative American Action Forum and a former chief of the Congressional Budget Office. “Ev …"

"… orman J. Ornstein, an expert on congressional politics at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. Although this is not “a program in the billions, …"

"… some places and smaller aircraft in others. A study released Monday by the American Bus Association supports this suggestion: It found taxpayers could save u …"

"… dget “reflect the priority of the Essential Air Service program to rural America, and the vital nature of the program in connecting communities across this …"

IMPACT: Bipartisan bill targets Medicare scammers

By Joe Eaton

IMPACT: Bipartisan bill targets Medicare scammers

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… dicaid Services to perform prepayment checks before paying providers.“As Congress faces unsustainable debt and runaway entitlement programs, Americans want …"

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 "Timothy Geithner":

"… nd they were made whole when the impasse came to an end. …"

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 "Americans for Tax Reform":

"… o a skirmish with Grover Norquist, the president of the conservative group Americans for Tax Reform.Norquist maintains that the elimination of any tax break represents a tax …"

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 "Alan Greenspan":

"… suing its 633-page findings in January 2011. It blamed former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, risky borrowing by big banks, inaction by the SEC, and a systemic breakdo …"

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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