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Medicare overseers waste $251 million by using outdated drug pricing estimates

- The Washington Times

Ignoring previous cost-cutting recommendations from its own watchdogs, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) wasted nearly $251 million in taxpayer dollars on infusion drugs in just 18 months by using outdated drug pricing estimates, which drove up the cost of prescription injectable drugs for an aging baby boomer population.

Texas facility for criminal aliens found to be in disarray

- The Washington Times

Reeves County Detention Center, which houses about 2,407 criminal aliens — the majority for border-crossing — is being mismanaged, according to an inspector general report that cited staffing concerns, the use of solitary confinement and wasted federal spending.

"Whistleblowers are kind of treated like a skunk at a picnic, and I hope you'll do all you can to reverse that," Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican and chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, told FBI Associate Deputy Director Kevin Perkins at a hearing Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Chuck Grassley: FBI obstructing Fast and Furious, other probes

- The Washington Times

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee accused the FBI on Monday of not cooperating with the Department of Justice’s top watchdog in the investigation of the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal, among others, endangering Congress’s ability to be a check on the administration’s actions.

Philadelphia VA employees who cooked books not reprimanded

- The Washington Times

The Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday it has not decided whether to discipline any employees after a government watchdog’s investigation found managers in the agency’s Philadelphia office cooked the books to make it appear veterans’ benefits claims were being handled promptly.

In this photo taken Sept. 18, 2014, and released by the U.S. Navy, an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter flies by the USS Anchorage in the Pacific Ocean. When NASA's new state-of-the-art space capsule returns from its first orbit of the Earth, a Navy ship carrying the name of Alaska's largest city will be there to pluck it out of the ocean. The USS Anchorage, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, left San Diego on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, for the retrieval mission. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Specialist 1st Class Charles White)

Navy overtime scam: Civilian workers charged for bogus pay

- The Washington Times

Civilian workers at Indiana’s Naval Weapons Station Crane sought and received nearly $4 million in pay for working with explosives, handling microorganisms or being in dangerous conditions. The only problem was, they never worked under such conditions.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald (Associated Press)

VA memo ordered false health care claims to cover up backlog

- The Washington Times

Another veterans scandal hit the Obama administration Wednesday with the emergence of an internal Veterans Affairs memo that allowed bureaucrats to cook their books and assert they were answering diligently President Obama’s call to reduce the backlog of veterans’ benefits claims.

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In a speech this week, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen insisted his agency has turned the corner on problems with employee behavior in recent years. (Associated Press)

Ex-IRS ethics office lawyer disbarred for ... ethics violations

- The Washington Times

A lawyer who worked in the IRS ethics office was disbarred Thursday by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, which concluded she misappropriated a client's funds from a case she handled in private practice, broke a number of ethics rules and showed "reckless disregard for the truth" in misleading a disbarment panel looking into the matter.

Lois Lerner, former IRS official, won't be charged with contempt

- The Washington Times

The Obama administration informed House Speaker John A. Boehner this week it will not prosecute former IRS executive Lois G. Lerner for contempt of Congress, concluding that she did not waive her Fifth Amendment rights to avoid answering questions when she was called to testify nearly two years ago.