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 "Tom Coburn":

"… ls weigh how often to use contractors or federal employees. But Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., the ranking Republican on the committee, challenged O’Sullivan …"

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 "Tom Coburn":

"… d the decisions made very personally by you and your caregiver,” as Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK, told reporters last year. It would not do that, either, b …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… funded in part by some of Ayotte’s own Senate colleagues, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of campaign finance filings — sprang into action on Ayotte’s be …"

"… the other senators mentioned did not respond to repeated queries from the Center for Public Integrity. Officials with the American Future Fund also did not respond to messages …"

"… , the group spent at least $29 million on political advertisements, as the Center for Public Integrity previously reported. Little is known about the group’s donors. In 2008 …"

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 "Congress":

"… hen use statistical sampling to estimate the size of those errors, so that Congress can determine the size of the problem. But GAO found defense finance offic …"

"… for these mistakes, but for doing a poor job of reporting on the issue to Congress. In one instance, the department claimed it would recover $67.6 million in …"

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 "John McCain":

"… eached for comment. In addition to Carper, Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich; John McCain, R-Ariz.; Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Ron Johnson, R-Wis.; Rob …"

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 "Medicare":

"… ectronic medical records, citing concerns from patient privacy to possible Medicare billing fraud. The report issued Tuesday by the half-dozen Republicans co …"

"… igital systems may be increasing unnecessary medical tests and billings to Medicare. The government has not demanded that the various digital systems be able …"

"… al professionals have steadily billed higher rates for treating seniors on Medicare over the last decade — adding $11 billion or more to their fees. The Ce …"

"… overed a broad range of costly billing errors and abuses that have plagued Medicare for years—from confusion over how to pick proper payment codes to outrig …"

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 "Nevada":

"… d the centers to stay focused on that topic. The fusion center in southern Nevada – formally called a Counterterrorism Center -- mostly tracks school viol …"

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 "John Cornyn":

"… .”Cosponsoring the bill with Sen. Coburn are Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., John Cornyn, R-Texas, Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va …"

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 "Tom Coburn":

"… here they need to be."Brickbats flew from other Democrats, as well as Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.). Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), in a statement released May 29, …"

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 "Virginia":

"… unday when prominent Republicans House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia and Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma endorsed the candidate.Three of the eight …"

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 "Massachusetts":

"… nt of any national cap-and-trade plan. Nearly a decade ago, as governor of Massachusetts, Romney flirted with the idea of a regional cap-and-trade system for the N …"

"… y not to be confused with support.It’s true that earlier, as governor of Massachusetts, Romney was an early proponent of a regional cap-and-trade plan. Nati …"

"… ssor who was an adviser to both Romney and Obama in the formulation of the Massachusetts and national health care plans.Gruber: The truth is that the Affordable Ca …"

"… at the Affordable Care Act is essentially based on what we accomplished in Massachusetts. It’s the same basic structure applied nationally. John McDonough, one o …"

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 "Massachusetts":

"… request of members of Congress. McCain, who has endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president, has been making an issue of earmarks to he …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… n, Romney’s leadership political action committee donated $10,000 to the Pennsylvania senator.Gingrich is at a disadvantage in this regard because he has less m …"'s guide to the New Hampshire debates

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Fred Thompson":

"… thood office. During the 2008 Republican presidential primaries, candidate Fred Thompson noted that Romney used his line-item veto authority to strike ei …"

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 "Utah":

"… s 2009 death. 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 admi …"

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 "information technology":

"… government will be able to meet its goal of widespread adoption of health information technology. While these early numbers are hardly conclusive, they suggest that a larg …"

"… eral spending, and the United Kingdom is abandoning much of its own health information technology project.The first installmentAbout 320 doctors and hospitals were included …"

"… Qualify?So, if one aim of the payments is to encourage adoption of health information technology adoption, why give them to providers who already have electronic recordkee …"

"… ing to her office, “The idea was to eventually get everyone using health information technology, but to use it together.”“Promoting the adoption of health information …"

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 "Utah":

"… the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, wrote that Medicare contractors are allo …"

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 "John McCain":

"… irresponsible.” Johanns voted against Monday’s bill.Like Johanns, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., voted against both bills. His spokesman, Brian Rogers, said the …"

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 "president":

"… don’t know about the Essential Air Service,” said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the conservative American Action Forum and a former chief of the Congre …"

IMPACT: Bipartisan bill targets Medicare scammers

By Joe Eaton

IMPACT: Bipartisan bill targets Medicare scammers

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Medical Association":

"… er identification numbers that is currently open to the public online. The American Medical Association has long pushed for restricting access to the registry to combat fraud and …"

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 "Heritage Foundation":

"… s stand. “Your organization is working to protect an ethanol subsidy the Heritage Foundation and others have called a tax earmark because it is a special interest give …"

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 …"