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 "Jay Rockefeller":

"… nce. During the health care reform debate, some members of Congress, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va, in particular, felt something comparable to what Washin …"

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 "Arizona":

"… led with the Internal Revenue Service indicate that another nonprofit, the Arizona-based Center to Protect Patient Rights, gave the American Future Fund more …"

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 "Robert F. Hale":

"… sting taxpayer funds.” In a written statement released with the report, Robert F. Hale, the Defense Department’s comptroller, said the department is now develo …"

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 "Medicare":

"… tic surgeon’s scalpel to turn back the hands of time. Increasingly, Medicare is footing the bill. Yes, Medicare. The public health insurance program f …"

"… the hands of time. Increasingly, Medicare is footing the bill. Yes, Medicare. The public health insurance program for people over 65 typically does not …"

"… nctional eyelid lifts, or blepharoplasty, has led some to question whether Medicare is letting procedures that are really cosmetic slip through the cracks — …"

"… sp; As the Obama administration and Congress wrestle over how to restrain Medicare’s growing pricetag, critics say program administrators should be more cl …"

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 "Tom Coburn":

"… pated in Sen. [Carl] Levin’s hearing on this important matter.”) Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., another ex officio subcommittee member, also reported trading in …"

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 "Obama administration":

"… sting and cutting down on medical errors. But the report asserts that the Obama administration’s push to use billions of dollars in stimulus money helping doctors and …"

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 "Obama administration":

"… tt Romney this year that the defense budget had been grievously cut by the Obama administration, Coburn said it is time to “undermine a little bit of the BS. There has …"

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 "General Accountability Office":

"… dern standards continues to encounter serious problems, according to a new General Accountability Office report that spotlights shortcomings in accounting software now being teste …"

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 "Republican Governors Association":

"… th Republican governors have lined also up behind Romney, who once led the Republican Governors Association. But endorsements don’t always lead to victory.In South Carolina, conser …"

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 "Washington Post":

"… lagh. “For a Senate Foe of Pork Barrel Spending, Two Bridges Too Far.” Washington Post. 21 Oct 2005.Petroski, William. “Santorum defends votes for ‘Bridge to …"

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 "Club for Growth":

"… passed the Senate — a point we made in 2006, when the conservative Club for Growth attacked then-Sen. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island on some of the same proj …"

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 "National Association of Federally Impacted Schools":

"… has the facility capacity, personnel,” said Jocelyn Bissonnette at the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools. “Many school districts are facing fewer dollars. There is a concern abo …"

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 "Utah":

"… lure to act 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 Secret …"

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 "George Miller":

"… meeting those “meaningful use” standards in improving patient care.Dr. George Miller, a surgeon who practices in Grenada, Miss., said his decision to adopt ele …"

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 "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… op two states, Texas and Oklahoma, combined for more than a quarter of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s declared disasters since Jan. 1, 2009. Still, the four Republicans fro …"

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 "Koch Industries":

"… stry by its tax breaks and mandates—even libertarians like the owners of Koch Industries, whose subsidiary Flint Hills Resources purchased four ethanol plants in I …"

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 "Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.":

"… tual became the largest bank in U.S. history to fail. Last month, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. filed a civil lawsuit accusing former top WaMu executives of gross neglige …"

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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