Tag Archives: waste

What is Waste? Stakeholders Call for GAGAS Clarity from GAO

Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll agree that I can relate anything in life to an episode of M*A*S*H. One of my favorites was an episode early in Season 3 in which Harry Morgan, prior to returning to play…

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Sen. Coburn’s Upcoming Retirement and Its Effects on Grants

At the end of this year, Congress will lose one of its strongest government watchdogs as Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) retires. Whether you agreed or disagreed with his politics, Coburn definitely will leave his mark as being one of the…

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Please Give Local Auditors Some Respect

I’ve seen it on TV shows several times. An official with a federal agency swoops in on the local police force or investigative agency and essentially takes over a major investigation, showing a fair amount of arrogance all the while…

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One Tragedy Has Spawned So Many Others

Hurricane Katrina caused so much devastation to lives and property when it roared through the Gulf Coast almost seven years ago. Unfortunately, attempts at recovery have been just as tragic as federal emergency funding has continued to go misspent.

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Is OMB Finding the Best of Bunch?

It’s that time of year again. The time when some people go nuts trying to pick the winners in the NCAA basketball tournament, and many will even call in sick on Thursday and Friday to watch the games (ahem, definitely…

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Sneak Preview: Controls Sought To Curtail Penn. LIHEAP Fraud

(This post is based on an upcoming article in the Single Audit Information Service.) The Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General (PDAG) ordered the state Department of Public Welfare to better oversee its Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, noting that…

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Bad Boys, Bad Boys, What You Gonna Do…

Did you grow up listening to a police scanner?  Reading the local crime blotter?  I always loved the buzzing and crackling of my grandfather’s scanner in the background whenever we’d go visit, and although we didn’t have a police department…

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Jumbo-Sized Concern Over Proposed Reporting Requirements

Amid all the pro-transparency, pro-accountability, anti-waste hoopla that has dominated the headlines (and our blog) concerning Rep. Daniel Issa’s  (R-Calif.) Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) bill and President Obama’s Campaign to Cut Waste initiative, the real white elephant…

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Obama Versus Issa on Transparency, Accountability, Oversight

“The truth is, no one reads this thing,” declared President Obama, pointing to a stack of Federal Registers. Ceasing hard-copy publication of the Federal Register (which has been available online for years) is “just the tip of the iceberg” for…

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A Program Full of Broken Promises

Look at this window. Does it look weatherized to you? Me neither.

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