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Inmates gone wild at Brooklyn half-way house

- The Washington Times

Inmates at a halfway house in Brooklyn, New York, were allowed to come and go from the facility as they pleased, did not receive mandatory drug testing, and didn’t have required verification of employment, according to a new audit report from the Department of Justice.

The seal affixed to the front of the Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington is seen here on June 21, 2013. The number of military suicides is nearly double that of a decade ago when the U.S. was just a year into the Afghan war and hadn't yet invaded Iraq. While the pace is down slightly this year, it remains worryingly high. The U.S. military and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) acknowledge the grave difficulties facing active-duty and former members of the armed services who have been caught up in the more-than decade-long American involvement in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

Philly VA director got $288K ‘relocation’ bonus

- The Washington Times

The Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed Wednesday that it paid a senior manager $288,000 in “relocation payments” when it reassigned her from Washington last year to become director of the agency’s problem-riddled Philadelphia office.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy confers with an aide as she prepares to address the Natural Resources Committee session during the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) ** FILE **

Congress subpoenas EPA chief’s cellphone records

- The Washington Times

Sensing a cover-up, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology issued a subpoena Wednesday demanding the EPA chief turn over her cellphone records and emails so investigators can try to figure out if she hid or deleted text messages in what one critic called a “cyberbonfire.”

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Title IX says D.C. Schools need to treat all students equally.

Title IX and what you do not know

- The Washington Times

D.C. has had to comply with the federal Title IX law, just like the states have. Unfortunately, parents were hoodwinked, and city leaders have not been forthcoming, partly because they shone the spotlight solely on academics.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., left, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., participate in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 6, 2014, following a Senate vote on military sexual assaults. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) **FILE**

Sens. McCaskill, Ayotte move to abolish wasteful federal agency

- The Washington Times

Sens. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, and Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire Republican, on Thursday announced plans to reintroduce a bipartisan bill to slash a federal agency that has wasted roughly $10 million in taxpayer money over the past decade producing government reports that are already available online for free.

Late last year, or 18 months after she left office, Mrs. Clinton turned over 55,000 printed pages she said contained about 30,000 emails she believed were work-related that she sent during her time in office. (Associated Press)

State Department agrees to reopen Hillary Clinton email case

- The Washington Times

The State Department agreed to reopen at least one open-records court case that involved former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails, a conservative watchdog group told a federal court Thursday as the scandal over her personal email server continued to develop.

The most egregious examples of government waste, fraud or abuse from TWT staff. (Golden Hammer cropped logo)

Employees at N.J. Naval base misused funds after Superstorm Sandy

- The Washington Times

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, civilian workers at New Jersey's Naval Weapons Station Earle used the base's money to buy ceramic tile, molding and toilet partitions for their personal houses and exploited overtime pay — with some putting in and being approved for 24-hour work shifts during the disaster.