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At FAA, bigger budgets for less work lead to waste

- The Washington Times

The Federal Aviation Administration’s budget demands continue to grow, even though air traffic has dropped in recent years and the agency’s productivity has significantly declined, according to a damning internal audit.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, foreground, flanked by Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, left, and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, announces the naming of a fast-attack submarine after the state of Vermont during a ceremony Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Burlington, Vt. The USS Vermont is the first U.S. Navy vessel to be named after the Green Mountain State in more than 100 years. (AP Photo/Burlington Free Press, Ryan Mercer) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT

Navy secretary racks up 930K miles in world travel

- Associated Press

The Navy secretary has spent more than a full year of his five-year tenure on overseas travel, racking up more than 930,000 miles on trips that cost taxpayers more than $4.7 million.

The most egregious examples of government waste, fraud or abuse from TWT staff.

Hospitals pocketing taxpayer cash for free devices

- The Washington Times

Hospitals across the United States may be pocketing millions of dollars in taxpayer money annually by charging Medicare for replacement cardiac medical devices they received for free, a new inspector general’s audit has found.

This 1943 file photo shows Nazi officers talking with citizens of the Warsaw ghetto in Poland. An Associated Press investigation found dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in Social Security payments after being forced out of the United States. (AP Photo, File)FILE -

Lawmakers move to strip former Nazis of benefits

- Associated Press

A bipartisan group of lawmakers will introduce legislation Thursday to strip suspected Nazi war criminals of their Social Security benefits, insisting American taxpayers should not be underwriting the retirement of anyone who participated in the Third Reich’s atrocities.

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Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz won a hotly contested race Tuesday to become the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Jason Chaffetz to helm House Oversight Committee

- The Washington Times

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz won a hotly contested race Tuesday to become the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, putting him in charge of the panel that has doggedly pursued the Obama administration on issues ranging from the IRS targeting scandal to the Fast and Furious gun-walking operation.

US pension insurer ran record $62B deficit in 2014

- Associated Press

The federal agency that insures pensions for about 41 million Americans saw its deficit nearly double in the latest fiscal year. The agency said the worsening finances of some multi-employer pension plans mainly caused the increased deficit.

A sign warns of radioactivity near a wind direction flag indicator at the "C" tank farm during a media tour of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation Wednesday, July 9, 2014 near Richland, Wash. Officials said Wednesday that 12,000 air samples taken at Hanford this year after more than three dozen workers reported being sickened by chemical vapors have failed to find a cause for the problem. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Court reinstates whistleblower case at nuke site

Associated Press

An appeals court reinstated a lawsuit filed by a whistleblower at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation who claims he was fired by a subcontractor after raising safety issues at the nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site.

This photo taken June 4, 2014 shows Labor Secretary Thomas Perez speaking in Washington. Perez has issued a rule to raise the minimum wage for federal government workers and contractors to $10.10 an hour. The raise, from $7.70 an hour now, was proposed earlier this year by President Barack Obama.  The higher level will take effect on Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Connor Radnovich)

Judge undercuts Obama on housing discrimination, rebukes Tom Perez

- The Washington Times

A federal judge overturned the Obama administration's "desperation" move to try to find more ways to prove discrimination in housing in a decision Monday that also delivered a searing rebuke to Thomas Perez, a Cabinet official whom liberals are pushing to be the next attorney general.

In this Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, photo, people stand near a cloud of tear gas in Ferguson, Mo., during protests for the Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer. (Associated Press)

FAA's Ferguson no-fly zone meant to keep media away, recordings show

- Associated Press

The U.S. government agreed to a police request to restrict more than 37 square miles of airspace surrounding Ferguson, Missouri, for 12 days in August for safety, but audio recordings show that local authorities privately acknowledged the purpose was to keep away news helicopters during violent street protests.

The Washington Times first disclosed the criminal charges against Carl Sheerer in August, which came months after IRS Commissioner John Koskinen issued a memo to agency employees describing the data breach. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

IRS employee not guilty of inadvertent disclosures

- The Washington Times

The IRS employee who mistakenly disclosed personal information on more than 20,000 employees and contractors was found not guilty of criminal charges last week in a case that showed how easily confidential government information can turn up on the Internet.