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  • Report on CIA interrogations shadows Gitmo trials

    The planned release of portions of the Senate report on the CIA's use of harsh interrogation techniques could add to the legal complications facing the long-delayed U.S. military tribunals of terrorist suspects at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

  • Complaint: Ex-Blue Angels head led lewd workplace

    A former commanding officer of the Navy's Blue Angels allowed, and in some cases encouraged, sexually explicit humor and inappropriate comments among members of the famed precision flying team, the U.S. Navy contended Wednesday.

  • Ohio lawmaker charged with fraud to get trial date

    A trial date is expected to be set for a southwestern Ohio lawmaker charged with fraud and theft for allegedly misleading investors about a company's financial status and using their money for personal gain.

  • Freedom of information training video available

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A new training video is available to help Virginia's more than 4,000 public board and commission members understand the state's Freedom of Information Act. The eight-minute video was put together by the State Council of Higher Education, the Attorney General's Office and...

  • CNN: 40 vets die waiting for care from Veterans Affairs in Phoenix

    More than three dozen veterans died waiting for treatment from the Department of Veterans Affairs' Phoenix facilities, CNN reported Wednesday evening. Citing sources including a recently retired doctor from the Phoenix VA and internal emails, the network said many of the 40-plus vets had been...

  • Va. toll road could cost $500m, not be built

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Gov. Bob McDonnell's aggressive push to build a toll road parallel to U.S. 460 from Suffolk to Petersburg may wind up costing taxpayers between $400 million to $500 million — with no road to show for it. Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne told perturbed...

  • Math mistakes lead government to pay contractors up to 3 times market rate under Davis-Bacon

    Construction workers at companies doing work for the federal government are paid as much as three times what their peers outside of government get for the same work, a Washington Examiner review of federal statistics found.

  • USPS doesn't know how many historic buildings it owns

    Postal service managers don't know how many historic buildings they have, how much it costs to maintain them or what happened to historic New Deal artwork in the buildings they've sold, according to a new report by the U.S. Postal Service inspector general. The agency sold 22 historic post...

  • Drug firm exec gets 16 months in inside-trade case

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former pharmaceutical executive has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for his role in an insider trading scheme. John Lazorchak was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Newark, N.J. He also will have to serve two years of supervised release once he's freed from...

  • Misbehaving IRS employees still got bonuses, agency IG finds

    According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, more than 2,800 employees with "conduct issues" received more than $2.8 million in monetary awards, more than 27,000 hours in time-off awards and 175 quality step — or pay grade — increases.

  • Poor security policies put national security at risk at defense intelligence agencies, IG says

    Defense intelligence agencies have allowed contract employees fired for misconduct to regain access to classified information, posing a threat to national security, according to a new report by the Defense Department's inspector general.

  • EXography: Federal agency FMCS gave grants to promote union membership

    The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service gave a grant of $101,000 in federal funds to Wisconsin construction unions who complained that union workers were at a disadvantage in hiring because managers had to pay them more than others.

  • Judicial Watch sues HHS for documents on faulty Obamacare '834' insurance forms

    A nonprofit watchdog group is suing the Department of Health and Human Services for information about the federal health care website's flawed "834" forms after HHS ignored a Freedom of Information Act request. Judicial Watch filed a Dec. 20 FOIA request for documents related to the forms,...

  • Despite Obamacare's woes, many high-ranking CMS employees got raises, data show

    Despite controversial delays in Obamacare and costly problems with its healthcare.gov website, most officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services were paid more last year than the year before, newly released data show. CMS, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, is...

  • South Carolina Veterans Affairs employees misused government purchasing cards, IG finds

    Employees at a Veterans Affairs hospital in South Carolina split up purchases to dodge oversight, the department's watchdog has found. After receiving a tip in April 2013, the VA's inspector general audited the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, S.C., to determine if its...



From the Weekly Standard

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