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  • Former New York tax dept. worker sentenced for IRS scam

    Federal prosecutors say a 53-year-old former New York state tax department employee has been sentenced for bilking the Internal Revenue Service out of tens of thousands of dollars.

  • Cost overruns, delays plague huge Veterans Administration building projects

    Major Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility construction projects are on average 35 months late and $360 million over budget, a congressional panel was told Tuesday. The projects demonstrate a pervasive problem at VA of late and over-budget construction, according to members of the...

  • Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac inspectors caught doing shoddy work, watchdog finds

    Inspections on houses headed into foreclosure -- inspections meant to save the Federal Housing Finance Agency money -- may be wasting money instead, the agency's inspector general has found. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- which are regulated by the FHFA -- spent $91.2 million from 2011 to 2012...

  • Key John Kerry adviser runs State Department's redundant, mission-less 'conflict' bureau, IG says

    A new diplomatic program dedicated to preventing conflicts and run by a key adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry is directionless and unstable, and few in government know what it actually does, an internal watchdog says.

  • EXography: Federal workers make up to twice as much as others doing same job

    Across the country, employees of companies with federal contracts make up to twice what others doing the same work in the region make, dramatically increasing the costs to taxpayers, a Washington Examiner analysis found.

  • Ethics panel: No full probe of Cathy McMorris Rodgers

    The House Ethics Committee said Monday it will not appoint a special panel to investigate allegations that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-highest ranking House Republican, improperly combined campaign and official funds in a GOP leadership race and her re-election campaign.

  • Ethics panel: No full probe of McMorris Rodgers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee said Monday it will not appoint a special panel to investigate allegations that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-highest ranking House Republican, improperly combined campaign and official funds in a GOP leadership race and her re-election...

  • House committee puts up website to track stonewalling by Veterans Affairs press office

    The Department of Veterans Affairs' stonewalling of questions is being showcased by the House Committee on Veterans Affairs on a new web page that tracks a lengthy list of refusals by agency officials to answer inquiries from the media.

  • Justices deny Del. court appeal over secrecy

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday effectively killed a Delaware law that allowed state judges to preside over secret arbitration in high-stakes business disputes. Lower courts had agreed with a Delaware open government group that the 2009 law allowing violated the...

  • Reno trial on faith-based fraud charges nears end

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Closing arguments are scheduled Monday afternoon in the trial of a Reno businessman accused of bilking the government out of $200,000 intended for nonprofits. The jury then will begin deliberations in the case involving Mike Stickler, whose Faith Based Services was one of...

  • Ex-Massachusetts city official faces corruption trial

    LAWRENCE, Mass. — The corruption trial of a former Lawrence mayor's chief of staff is scheduled to get started. Jury selection in the trial of Leonard Degnan is expected to start Monday in Lawrence Superior Court. Degnan is the former chief of staff to ex-Mayor William Lantigua. Charges...

  • Florida whistle-blower says she's been shunned

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The whistle-blower who sued and alerted the U.S. Department of Justice about wrongdoing at Halifax Health Medical Center says she's been shunned by some of her co-workers. Elin Baklid-Kunz and her attorneys are set to receive a $20.8 million settlement for blowing the...

  • New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's directive upsets lawmakers

    SANTA FE, N.M. — Gov. Susana Martinez has clamped down on the Legislature's watchdog committees in what some lawmakers consider an attempt to limit their oversight of the Republican governor's agencies. At the direction of the governor, administration agencies are telling the Legislative...



From the Weekly Standard

  • Why the New York Times Poll Is Bogus

    The Arkansas Senate race has been close in virtually every serious poll. The Republican challenger, Tom Cotton, probably had a small lead a month or so ago; after a massive negative assault on him...

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