By Mark Flatten | 08/05/13 06:50 AM
An estimated $12.3 billion in federal contracts went to firms last year that received the preference because the owner claimed to be a service-disabled veteran.
By Mark Flatten | 07/17/13 07:00 PM
Curbing the amount of time federal employees are paid for performing union work on the taxpayers' dime is the aim of a bill introduced by a pair of Republican senators. Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma want to prohibit the current practice, known as "official time" in most...
By Mark Flatten | 07/11/13 01:00 PM
Federal employees who were receiving monthly disability benefits thanks to workplace injuries have been caught running marathons, scuba diving, skiing in Switzerland and doing flips on a trapeze. One even used her disability income to buy a boat she named "Free Ride." Welcome to the world of...
By Mark Flatten | 07/10/13 06:55 PM
Frustrated lawmakers trying to chisel information from the Department of Veterans Affairs have turned to shame and subpoenas. Yet a VA spokeswoman who would not be quoted by name insists in a written statement that the agency is already being transparent.
By Mark Flatten | 07/10/13 04:25 PM
Overly-generous disability benefits create a disincentive for some federal workers injured on the job to return to work or ever retire, a top Department of Labor official told a House subcommittee Wednesday.
07/09/13 07:14 PM
Stonewalling by the Department of Veterans Affairs over its lavish spending on a pair of training conferences in Orlando, Fla., triggered a subpoena Tuesday from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. VA spent at least $6.1 million on the conferences in the summer of 2011,...
By Mark Flatten | 06/24/13 09:57 AM
Freebies, room upgrades, overpriced consultants, costly meals and silly videos have become staples of federal employee conferences gone bad. Not to mention unnecessary scouting trips and grab bags full of goodies like embossed notebooks, pedometers and squeeze toys to relieve stress. Such...
By Mark Flatten | 06/19/13 06:50 AM
Getting federal employees off disability and into retirement while closing off opportunities for fraud has proved all but impossible for President Obama and his immediate predecessor, as well as for Congress. Part three of a three-part series by the Washington Examiner Watchdog team.
By Mark Flatten | 06/18/13 11:25 AM
Getting hurt on the job can be a golden parachute for federal workers. Part 2 of a three-part Washington Examiner Watchdog team report.
By Mark Flatten | 06/17/13 06:45 AM
First of a three-part series A postal worker who ran marathons found her race times improved after she began drawing federal disability checks for an alleged back injury. Another disabled federal employee went scuba diving, skied in Switzerland and did flips on a trapeze. She spent part of...
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