By Michal Conger | 09/10/13 01:16 PM
A "disturbing" email put Jonathan Silver, former head of the Department of Energy's green loan program, in the hot seat even before the questioning began Tuesday at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., read an email from an...
By Michal Conger | 09/09/13 12:05 PM
Four years after President Obama ordered new regulatory safeguards to keep politics out of the science behind federal policy, the Environmental Protection Agency still isn't training its employees on the rules or evaluating their effectiveness. The agency, which has vast power to reshape the...
By Michal Conger | 09/05/13 02:31 PM
When Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly moves to prime time this month, replacing Sean Hannity in the coveted 9 p.m. slot, the lawyer-turned-anchorwoman is expected to draw an even larger audience to a network that’s already handily beating the competition. Until she went on maternity leave...
By Michal Conger | 09/05/13 02:23 PM
American tax dollars funding a public health program in Afghanistan could be wasted by the Afghan government, but the U.S. agency overseeing the program isn't doing its job, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction.
By Michal Conger | 08/29/13 08:50 AM
A highly controversial job at the Department of Homeland Security, formerly known as the "Public Advocate for immigrants," was rebranded by Obama administration officials this summer to avoid the congressional budget ax, according to the watchdog group Judicial Watch.
By Michal Conger | 08/22/13 06:50 PM
Federal officials have been so slow to implement new food safety laws that a federal judge finally had to order the Food and Drug Administration to speed it up.
By Michal Conger | 08/20/13 11:40 AM
More Americans are trading their food stamps for cash, with $858 million trafficked between 2009 and 2011, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
By Michal Conger | 08/15/13 04:45 PM
A spinoff of the scandal-ridden community organizer group ACORN received more than $200,000 in federal housing grants despite a ban on money going to ACORN affiliates, watchdog organization Judicial Watch announced Thursday.
By Michal Conger | 08/15/13 12:30 PM
An $80 billion price tag gives federal officials an expensive incentive to make sure the food stamp program isn't overpaying — or underpaying — its beneficiaries. That's why 10 states received a total of $24 million in bonuses last year for wasting the least taxpayer money.
By Michal Conger | 08/14/13 12:10 PM
At first glance, the most recent Department of Agriculture data on food stamp overpayments for 2012 looks like good news, since, while holding steady at 3.42 percent, the error rate has been at historically low levels for the past three years.
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