With California’s high-speed rail project still expecting to receive tens of billions of dollars in federal funding, a new report from Washington, D.C., highlighted concerns about the plan’s financial assumptions. Read More
Airline passengers may hate paying for checked bags, but screeners for the company that runs security at San Francisco International Airport say that if airlines hadn’t happened to change their fee structures, behind-the-scenes baggage inspections would have become impossible long ago. Read More
Has somebody dumped gallons of hallucinogens into the drinking water on Capitol Hill? How else can we explain why Congress is slashing the operational budget of its most effective weapon against wasteful federal spending? That weapon, of course, is the Government Accountability Office, the green-eyeshade agency that for decades has been the bane of every wasteful bureaucrat in Washington. Read More
WHAT: A new Government Accountability Office audit found that some 170,000 Medicare recipients obtained prescriptions from multiple doctors for 14 frequently abused medications in 2008.
HOW: One California recipient got prescriptions for a five-year supply of fentanyl — a very strong narcotic used for treating relentless cancer pain — from 21 different physicians. Read More
If there is a code for lying, then Rule No. 1 ought to be to make the lie believable. Not adhering to that first rule exposed a fraud perpetrated by the Government Accountability Office and helped uncover suspicious activity at the Department of Education.
Last August, Gregory Kutz, then head of the GAO’s Forensic Audits and Special Investigations unit, gave stinging testimony to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Read More
Why squabble over a couple billion dollars in ideological cuts when you have a non-partisan cash cow like the dollar coin up your sleeve?
A caucus of House Republicans is lobbying to ditch the paper dollar and replace it with dollar coins, which could save $184 million annually and $5.5 billion over the next 30 years, according to the Government Accountability Office. Read More
Even if you think that government spending is compassionate spending, a new study from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University reveals that we've wasted billions at a time when every penny should count. From Veronique de Rugy's paper: Read More
Recent revisions to a Government Accountability Office report on for-profit colleges have raised questions about the GAO’s objectivity and credibility. Now, a bipartisan group of six members of Congress has asked that those questions be answered. Read More
A draft Government Accountability Office (GAO) report has confirmed what The Examiner has been reporting since February: federal land managers are actively preventing the Border Patrol from sealing the southern border with Mexico. Read More