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Sen. Reid dubbed ‘Porker of the Month’ for stonewalling IGs looking into fraud, abuse

Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) received the March Porker of the Month award from D.C.-based government watchdog Citizens Against Government Waste for supporting a bill that would stonewall inspectors general from looking into waste, fraud and government mismanagement. The Review Journal has the details: “Sen. Reid’s unfathomable objection to this measure exemplifies his utter and complete disregard for protecting taxpayers,” said Tom Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste. “Inspectors general are frontline fighters in the battle against waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in the federal government. They should have ...

State Dept. wants more taxpayer money to cover FOIA requests from Clinton email scandal

Hillary Clinton’s emails aren’t just a hot topic this election season—they’re a taxpayer expense thanks to an extra flood of Freedom of Information Act requests that has the State Department scrambling. In the wake of controversy over Clinton’s private email server, State Department officials have asked for a major increase in their record-keeping budget. The Washington Examiner reports: Heather Higginbottom, deputy secretary of state for management and resources, said Tuesday in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the State Department received 22,000 FOIA requests in 2015. That was a significant uptick ...

Did hundreds of Washington influencers stay mum about Hillary’s illegal email setup?

Dozens upon dozens of reporters, judges and congressional and White House staffers may have known about Hillary Clinton’s shady use of a private email server long before it became headline news. The Washington Times has the details: Listed on some of the more than 28,000 messages Mrs. Clinton released so far are several White House chiefs of staff and a former director of the Office of Management and Budget, much of the rest of official Washington, and a number of people who had oversight of the State Department’s key operations and open-records obligations. President Obama was also on a series of messages, though the government is withholding ...

Report: Federal officials who created online Obamacare marketplace received more than a dozen written warnings

Federal officials tasked with creating the Obamacare online insurance marketplace received 18 written warnings the project was being mismanaged but went ahead with the project anyway, according to a report from the Obama administration’s inspector general. The Washington Post has the details: The warnings included a series of 11 scathing reviews from an outside consultant — among them a top-10 list of risks drawn up in the spring of 2013 that cited inadequate planning for the website’s capacity and deviations from usual IT standards. A few months before, then-Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had hired another consultant ...

Senator: Congress’ Obamacare exemption undermines ‘confidence in government’

Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chairman David Vitter (R-La.) is asking President Obama’s IRS Commissioner John Koskinen how it is that Members of Congress and Congressional Staff are able to qualify for a subsidized small-business health-insurance program that requires a business have 50 or fewer employees when Congress clearly has more than 50 employees. The Daily Caller has the story: In a letter written to Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen Wednesday, the Louisiana Republican said it appears Congress is “misrepresenting itself to either DC Health Link or the IRS” and questioned whether the ...

Obama’s VA deserves a great big lump of coal for Christmas — here’s why

The Department of Veterans Affairs is refusing to fire employees responsible for penalizing VA whistleblowers connected to the internal leak that revealed the VA had secret patient waiting lists. Read the details at The Washington Examiner: The year-old report, which has not yet been made public by the VA, offered a detailed account of the retaliation two whistleblowers faced when they attempted to report wrongdoing at the Phoenix facility. For example, Paula Pedene in the Phoenix system's public affairs office said her budget was slashed and her staff reduced in 2012 after she raised "multiple allegations of misconduct and mismanagement" ...

IRS has been ‘bungling’ back taxes for more than two decades

The software used by the IRS to attribute payments to taxpayer accounts has had drawbacks for nearly two decades that could, if left unresolved, leave taxpayer data open to “increased risk of inappropriate and undetected use,” according to a Government Accountability Office report. The Washington Examiner has the details. Since at least the mid-1990s, the tax agency's software has been unable to attribute taxes received to the accounts of specific taxpayers who owed back taxes. Instead the IRS has employed a labor intensive statistical estimation process to track $9 billion in adjustments during Fiscal Year 2015, the report states. "Bas...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 11/08/15

CALENDAR: The House is in recess this week. The House will return on Monday, November 16. The Senate, on the other hand, will return on Monday, November 9. They’ll stay in Monday and Tuesday, then take a break Wednesday for Veterans Day, then return Thursday and Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House began its week Monday with nine bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Tuesday, the House took up a bill on the Suspension Calendar, then moved to take up H.R. 22, House amendments to Senate amendments to the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act – otherwise known as the highway funding bill. ...

DOJ Drops Investigation Into Former IRS Official Lois Lerner Even Though IRS Abuses Persist

Officials at the Department of Justice last week announced that they are dropping their investigation into former senior IRS official Lois Lerner, who many allege spearheaded the IRS' slow-rolling of conservative groups' nonprofit applications. The Hill has the details: Republicans are blasting the Justice Department for declining to bring charges against IRS official Lois Lerner, the central figure of the Tea Party targeting scandal ... The DOJ said in a letter to Congress on Friday that it was closing its investigation of Lerner and only found evidence of “mismanagement” and “poor judgment,” which it added “is not a crime.”...

Report: 307,000 Veterans May Have Died While Awaiting Care Due to Processing Incompetence

The Department of Veterans Affairs is again in hot water after findings of a report issued Wednesday revealed hundreds of thousands of veterans may have died without care while waiting for their enrollment applications to be processed, reports CNN. The VA's inspector general found that out of about 800,000 records stalled in the agency's system for managing health care enrollment, there were more than 307,000 records that belonged to veterans who had died months or years in the past ... In a response to a request by the House Committee on Veterans Affairs' to investigate a whistleblower's allegations of mismanagement at the VA's Health ...