By Michal Conger | 11/04/13 03:50 PM
A former engineer for the U.S. Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command has been sentenced to 10 years in prison as the "mastermind" behind an $18 million kickback scheme.
By Michal Conger | 10/31/13 06:41 PM
An upcoming election, unprepared local security forces and endemic government corruption may compromise America's $100 billion investment in Afghanistan, Middle East experts warned lawmakers. "Within two years, it will be largely up to the Afghan government to sustain the reconstruction effort...
By Michal Conger and Kelly Cohen | 10/30/13 01:12 PM
Millions of tax dollars that could go toward Hurricane Sandy recovery are instead going to research on the storm recovery process, according to a nonprofit government watchdog group. Judicial Watch said the Department of Health and Human Services awarded more than $8 million in grants to...
By Michal Conger | 10/28/13 06:24 PM
U.S. reconstruction projects worth billions of dollars will be nearly impossible to monitor following the 2014 troop drawdown in Afghanistan, when U.S. oversight workers won't be able to go into most of the country. Access to projects has already shrunk dramatically as U.S. bases close and...
By Michal Conger | 10/23/13 09:01 AM
Construction of a $14.6 million hospital in Gardez, Afghanistan, is 23 months behind schedule and costing taxpayers more than half a million dollars in overpayments the U.S. Agency for International Development and its contractor failed to catch.
By Michal Conger | 10/22/13 12:26 PM
A New Hampshire woman pleaded guilty Thursday to lying on application forms for five different government programs intended for the poor and disabled, cheating taxpayers out of more than $250,000, according to the Department of Justice.
By Michal Conger | 10/16/13 04:31 PM
U.S. and international forces can't keep track of hundreds of millions of dollars in vehicle parts purchased for the Afghan National Army with American funds — because no one is keeping inventory.
By Michal Conger | 10/10/13 04:09 PM
Design flaws in a $6.9 million crossing under construction on the Afghan-Pakistan border may pose a security risk, a government watchdog warned Thursday. Almost half of Afghanistan's annual national budget came from customs revenues in 2012, according to Special Inspector General for Afghan...
By Michal Conger | 10/04/13 03:41 PM
A conservative think tank filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from destroying text messages to avoid publicly releasing them in response to Freedom of Information Act requests. The Competitive Enterprise Institute filed the lawsuit with the U.S. District Court...
By Michal Conger | 10/03/13 12:54 PM
Defense Department officials, Lockheed Martin and a long list of subcontractors have failed to exercise proper oversight over construction of the F-35 fighter jet, the Pentagon's most expensive program, according to a new report by the DOD inspector general.
By Michal Conger | 10/02/13 05:23 PM
A decision to barricade the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., to visitors during the federal government shutdown attracted national attention Wednesday when a group of veterans removed the barriers to visit the memorial, but it remained unclear who was responsible for the...
By Michal Conger and Kelly Cohen | 10/02/13 04:00 PM
Cause of Action wants answers about the federal Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission and has taken another step to get them. A government accountability group, Cause of Action filed an appeal this week against the National Archives and Records Administration challenging its withholding of...
By Michal Conger | 10/01/13 08:03 PM
Poor oversight by U.S. officials has put millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars at risk of waste and fraud in Afghanistan and could risk more than $1 billion more if officials continue with a plan to give the Afghan National Army direct funding for its fuel purchases. The Combined Security...
By Michal Conger | 09/30/13 02:56 PM
A Republican Congresswoman from Tennessee wants more information about Immigration and Customs Enforcement's immigrant "public advocate" position, which was defunded in March but which she says appears to remain unchanged in all but title. "I write with serious concern that U.S. Immigration...
By Michal Conger | 09/30/13 02:08 PM
Two sweeping environmental laws have given the Environmental Protection Agency power to influence policy at every level of government, raising concerns the agency has crossed the line separating the executive branch from the legislative branch.
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