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  • VIDEO: #GoldenHammer goes to Justice Dept funding of Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Phillip Swarts discusses.

    Golden Hammer: Big Brothers, Big SIsters

    • 1 year ago
    • 39 views
    An audit of Justice Department funding for the Big Brother, Big Sister program cites problems with nearly a quarter of the spending, raising questions about whether the money is really going to hel...
  • VIDEO: Is a US-built school in Afghanistan too dangerous for students to use? The roof could literally fall in,

    Putting Afghan Students at Risk

    • 1 year ago
    • 20 views
    The United States' chief watchdog in Afghanistan is worried that two schools built by international forces are a danger to the students, including one that could collapse without warning. "We have ...
  • Seeing Double, Paying Double

    • 1 year ago
    • 8 views
    A pair of reports from a federal watchdog finds that Medicare is paying millions for unneeded second helpings of vaccines and medical equipment for beneficiaries.Phillip Swarts discusses his story,...
  • Ecuador's Double Standard

    • 1 year ago
    • 30 views
    Ecuador's president routinely rails against the United States, has granted safe harbor to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and now is considering granting asylum to America's most wanted man: Natio...
  • Laboratory Letdown

    • 1 year ago
    • 3 views
    Medicare is the nation's largest payer of clinical laboratory tests, with spending at $8.2 billion in 2010 alone, according to the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. But the pr...
  • VIDEO: Can the military move to a single camouflage pattern for all forces? Will it have to, by law?

    Camouflage Capers

    • 1 year ago
    • 28 views
    The House of Representatives voted this month to require all branches of military service to share one camouflage pattern, after multiple reports by federal watchdogs said camouflage development is...
  • VIDEO: Biometric security at American ports isn't working properly, study finds.

    Sinking Security

    • 1 year ago
    • 14 views
    A decade-long Homeland Security Department effort to better secure America's shipping ports from terrorism using biometric identification cards has been so bungled that lawmakers should consider ot...
  • VIDEO: Phillip Swarts discusses the Pentagon's hard line on secrets - even those already leaked.

    Erasing Secrets

    • 1 year ago
    • 8 views
    Taking a hard line after devastating leaks, the Pentagon is ordering workers to delete from their computers any classified information they find online and warning it will punish those who confirm ...
  • VIDEO: Feds aren't getting their money's worth for the $600b spent on tech infrastructure in the past decade.

    Federal Computer Overload

    • 1 year ago
    • 85 views
    Despite a $600 billion investment in computer technology over the last decade, the U.S. government has created little of the productivity improvements achieved by the private sector while duplicati...
  • In-Justice to Taxpayers

    • 1 year ago
    • 3 views
    The Justice Department spent a whopping $58.7 million last year to send its employees to conferences around the world, a jet-setting junket machine that has a key senator questioning the agency's c...
  • Going Postal

    • 1 year ago
    • 198 views
    The real estate giant chaired by Richard Blum, the husband of California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, is cashing in on a new federal crisis. Just a few years after the firm now known as CBRE Group collec...
  • All In The Family

    • 1 year ago
    • 58 views
    Energy Department officials and employees routinely seek paid internships for their children and relatives despite internal warnings against nepotism, the agency's internal watchdog reported Monda...
  • NASA Computing: Lost In Space?

    • 1 year ago
    • 16 views
    The agency that sent man to the moon and gave most Americans their first glimpse of computers more than four decades ago no longer manages its technology effectively, leaving it vulnerable to cyber...
  • Unplugged Fraud Fighters

    • 1 year ago
    • 7 views
    The Education Department, charged with helping students compete in the 21st century, isn't fully plugged in to online tools that can help fight rapidly rising student loan fraud. As John Solomon di...
  • Another Benghazi in the making?

    • 1 year ago
    • 32 views
    The State Department is failing to adequately protect U.S. diplomats in Beirut, leaving them without necessary counterterrorism training and serving in a decrepit, aged embassy compound that fails ...
  • The Rat Squad

    • 1 year ago
    • 25 views
    The Environmental Protection Agency paid $750,000 a year to a warehouse contractor in suburban Washington whose employees watched television and lifted weights while taxpayer-paid supplies decayed ...
  • Golden Hammer: Giving Taxpayers Heartburn

    • 1 year ago
    • 6 views
    The Pentagon spends $1 billion a year hiring private healthcare providers to treat troops and their families. But the system remains fractured, disorganized and overlapping despite years of warnin...
  • Social Insecurity

    • 1 year ago
    • 12 views
    The Social Security Administration is ill-prepared to deal with the large numbers of its workers who are planning to retire, even as the agency's workload is increasing, according to a new Governme...
  • Improving IRS Review Systems

    • 1 year ago
    • 21 views
    The Internal Revenue Service can improve its handling of tax examinations and audits, allowing it to recoup more of the estimated $450 billion annually in unpaid taxes, investigators said. As Phill...
  • Golden Hammer: Wild Horses

    • 1 year ago
    • 10 views
    The Interior Department wins this week's Washington Guardian Golden Hammer for its failure to have a sustainable long-term plan for catring for the wild horses it corrals each year. As Phillip Swar...
  • Five-Sided Spending Machine

    • 1 year ago
    • 22 views
    The Pentagon is good at running the military but bad at running the logistics, human resources and technology inside one of the world's largest businesses, a government watchdog warns. In fact, as ...
  • Golden Hammer: No Tank You

    • 1 year ago
    • 53 views
    he Army is being forced to buy Abrams tanks it doesn't want. The Air Force is being forced to keep a drone it wants to phase out. And the Navy is being forced to keep seven expensisve, outdated shi...
  • VIDEO: Phillip Swarts discusses the FAA's haphazard oversight of aircraft repair facilities.

    Air Repair Fears

    • 1 year ago
    • 6 views
    The Federal Aviation Administration is haphazardly overseeing aircraft repairs, potentially jeopardizing passenger safety, a new inspector general report finds. Phillip Swarts reports. Read his ful...
  • VIDEO: John Solomon discusses how some former federal employees are double-dipping on jobless benefits.

    Federal Worker Double Dip

    • 1 year ago
    • 19 views
    The downsizing of the U.S. government may not be returning all the taxpayer savings it was intended. That's because displaced federal workers are being allowed to double-dip on unemployment benefit...
  • VIDEO: EPA accused of using foreign component in stimulus project; resists recovering the money.

    EPA's (Un)American Pipe Purchase

    • 1 year ago
    • 36 views
    Despite a stimulus law requirement that agencies buy U.S.-made goods, investigators say a project in Illinois didn't follow the rules. Now, Phillip Swarts reports, EPA doesn't want to recover the m...
  • Burning Taxpayer Money

    • 1 year ago
    • 13 views
    A U.S. military base is back to burning garbage in open pits after wasting $5 million on two incinerators it never used. John Solomon says that is why the military was awarded this week's Washingto...
  • Afghanistan's Barely Ready Military

    • 1 year ago
    • 28 views
    The Afghan military is "marginally" capable of repelling attacks from the Islamist extremists who antagonize large parts of the country, according to an internal Pentagon assessment and reporting b...
  • Food Stamp Follies

    • 1 year ago
    • 31 views
    Phillip Swarts discusses his story that a federal program that provides food to impoverished mothers and young children has continued paying vendors that have been caught overcharging the governmen...
  • Golden Hammer: Dis-interested in Savings

    • 1 year ago
    • 23 views
    Investigators think the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been paying out money for prescription drugs too early under Part D. So early that the payments to drug providers are based o...
  • Pension Tension

    • 1 year ago
    • 61 views
    The federal program that protects workers in multiemployer pension plans expects to be exhausted in 10 to 15 years, and the financial hit will most likely land on retirees, a new report said this w...
  • Blazing Buildings

    • 1 year ago
    • 11 views
    The chief U.S. watchdog in Afghanistan has taken the rare step of issuing a public warning about the safety of structures that Americans built for the Afghan military after the U.S. Army refused to...
  • Unemployment Extravaganza

    • 1 year ago
    • 41 views
    A District of Columbia program misused $8.8 million in federal funds that were supposed to help the jobless find work, diverting the money instead to overpay bureaucrats or cover unrelated overhead...
  • Fast, Furious, But Silent

    • 1 year ago
    • 50 views
    Fifteen months before the Fast & Furious gun scandal was unmasked in public, Homeland Security agents along the Arizona border recognized that their colleagues at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Fi...
  • A Less Competitive Pentagon?

    • 1 year ago
    • 19 views
    The number of companies the Defense Department contracts with has slowly been dwindling, concerning investigators that the drop in competition might lead to higher prices, Phillip Swarts reports. F...
  • Flood Pain

    • 1 year ago
    • 26 views
    A $145 million Agriculture Department effort to buy easements from landowners to help restore natural floodplains was marred by poor performance, as officials skipped land appraisals to speed the s...
  • Bonus Bonanza

    • 1 year ago
    • 34 views
    Several contract workers inside the Energy Department operations in Oak Ridge, Tenn., are set to make $3.5 million above and beyond their normal pay, according to an investigation by the department...
  • Not Working 9 to 5

    • 1 year ago
    • 50 views
    Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn is asking the nation's human resources agency to look at paid hours being lost to workers who are AWOL or doing union organizing. He says it is costing taxpayers tens of mi...
  • Obamacare and Rising Premiums

    • 1 year ago
    • 209 views
    One of the nation's premier experts in numbers has a tough diagnosis for President Barack Obama's health care law. In a report that could prove a big political headache for the administration, the ...
  • Golden Hammer-Wasted Pentagon Travel Spending

    • 1 year ago
    • 117 views
    This week's Washington Guardian Golden Hammer goes to the Pentagon for wasting more than $400 million in travel expense -- even as it cuts security deployments because of the sequester. Read the fu...
  • I Know You Bailed Me Out, But I Can't Hear You Now

    • 1 year ago
    • 31 views
    Washington Guardian's Phillip Swarts discusses the failure of Freddie Mac and its mortgage servicing companies to handle serious borrower complaints quickly -- or even to account for how many compl...
  • Golden Hammer: Courthouse Judgment

    • 1 year ago
    • 39 views
    This week's Golden Hammer is awarded to the General Services Administration for building courthouses that are too large, wasting more than $800 million taxpayer dollars. Read the full story at www...
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