By Luke Rosiak | 03/07/14 11:27 AM
Some of the watchdogs who are supposed to root out fraud in the Treasury Department themselves needed to be investigated, according to documents detailing layers of wrongdoing and cover-ups by agents of the Treasury's Office of the Inspector General. The problems were so pervasive that an...
By Luke Rosiak | 03/05/14 05:31 AM
A high-ranking investigator in charge of rooting out fraud by Treasury Department employees was himself fraudulently drawing simultaneous salaries from both the military and the Treasury. The same investigator also petitioned the government for a full disability retirement.
By Michal Conger and Luke Rosiak | 03/04/14 06:24 AM
The federal government spent millions of dollars on thousands of upgraded flights for employees in 2012 and 2013, paying many times more for business and first-class seats than the same flights would have cost in coach or the government-contracted rate.
By Luke Rosiak | 02/27/14 05:24 AM
Officials in two Treasury Department bureaus fraudulently enriched themselves at taxpayer expense, according to documents obtained by the Washington Examiner. The assistant commissioner of the Bureau of Public Debt who supervised 108 employees in the bureau's West Virginia office “was...
By Luke Rosiak | 02/13/14 06:03 AM
A PAC called 21st Century Democrats has raised $5.3 million since 2009, but not a penny of it has gone to candidates' campaigns or independent expenditures on their behalf, according to Federal Election Commission records.
By Luke Rosiak | 02/04/14 05:28 AM
Democrats in Congress sponsored 618 bills in 2013 that would have spent at least $1.35 trillion, and Republicans sponsored 147 bills worth $635 billion, according to a Washington Examiner analysis.
By Luke Rosiak | 01/29/14 05:39 PM
Not sure what to buy the millionaire golfer who has everything? For Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican, the answer was a $30,000 gold medal for Jack Nicklaus, at taxpayer expense. Or what's behind an obscure bill to funnel federal funds to chiropractors? Perhaps that's answered by the seven...
By Luke Rosiak | 01/17/14 12:59 PM
An energy firm that plans to file bankruptcy in weeks is being given more than $60 million in federal money for unclear purposes after President Obama tapped a former lobbyist for the company as the Department of Energy's chief financial officer. The money to U.S. Enrichment Corp. was buried...
By Luke Rosiak | 01/14/14 05:08 AM
The 15-person Denali Commission is an unnecessary middleman that re-distributes federal tax dollars among government agencies and public utilities in Alaska, according to Mike Marsh, the commission's inspector general.
By Luke Rosiak and Richard Pollock | 01/14/14 05:08 AM
Judging by its energy usage, the School Without Walls in the District of Columbia may actually have no walls: It scores a 16 out of 100 on the EnergyStar scale, which ranks buildings by energy efficiency against others of the same type.
By Luke Rosiak | 01/09/14 04:55 AM
An obscure federal commission has funneled $47 million to 21 towns in Alaska but is doing little to oversee how the money, which came with strings attached intended to wean the recipients off of federal dependency, was spent.
By Luke Rosiak | 12/30/13 03:36 PM
Department of Energy officials have given a troubled nuclear enrichment company more than $24 million only hours after it announced plans to declare bankruptcy. United States Enrichment Corp. is also trying to attract private investment against another $750 million it expects to receive from...
By Luke Rosiak | 12/16/13 05:09 PM
The United States Enrichment Corp., the nuclear enrichment company that has drained billions of dollars from federal coffers and churned through investors’ money with a series of failing business plans propped up by extensive political connections, lobbying and campaign connections, will file...
By Luke Rosiak | 12/12/13 05:15 AM
A Senate subcommittee is exploring consolidating some of the many tiny federal entities that are littered across the bureaucracy, and first on its list of targets are international programs, including the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and the Overseas Private Investment Corp.
By Luke Rosiak | 12/10/13 05:01 PM
Postal Service employees have credit cards that can be used to make cash withdrawals against government funds, and 11 percent of their ATM withdrawals were determined to be "inappropriate," according to an inspector general's report published Tuesday.
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