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

Taxpayer-funded film festivals showcase offensive content

- The Washington Times

A federal agency is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to support film festivals that showcase movies that some Americans might find offensive. Decapitated heads, public urination and sexual promiscuity are among the subjects explored on the big screen of events underwritten with U.S. taxpayers’ money.

Sen. Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma Republican who worked on the bipartisan USASpending.gov website to audit government spending, says that the site's accuracy rate is incredibly flawed. (Associated Press)

Federal spending transparency website riddled with errors, GAO audit finds

- The Washington Times

It’s supposed to be the government’s transparency website so that the public can see how taxpayer money is spent, but USASpending.gov is so error-prone that it’s missing more than $600 billion in awards from 2012 alone, and as much as 98 percent of its records were plagued by inaccuracies, according to a scathing new audit.

Ronald C. Machen Jr., U.S. attorney for the District, has taken down council member Harry Thomas Jr. and Chairman Kwame R. Brown. (Associated Press)

Final guilty plea in landmark federal bid-rigging case

- The Washington Times

Known for years in court documents only as “Public Official C”, former U.S. Army contracting officer In Seon Lim pleaded guilty to bribery charges Thursday — the final defendant in what authorities have called the biggest bid-rigging scheme in federal contracting history.

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Rep. Blake Farenthold, Texas Republican, has begun a House hearing on a series of scandals involving senior executives. (Associated Press)

Series of federal scandals taint Senior Executive Service

- The Washington Times

Created under President Carter, the Senior Executive Service was designed to promote the best and brightest in federal government to transform the nation's bureaucracy, but a series of scandals is prompting congressional lawmakers to question whether the elite cadre of the federal workers is living up to its promise.

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

A Year in Review: $73B of fiscal waste identified for the taxpayer

- The Washington Times

This week marks the first anniversary of the Golden Hammer appearing in The Washington Times. We thought we’d take a step back and see what that’s meant for you, the taxpayer. After all the Golden Hammer has been awarded to more than two dozen federal agencies, offices, departments and organizations.

** FILE ** Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen testifies under subpoena before the House Oversight Committee as lawmakers continue their probe of whether tea party groups were improperly targeted for increased scrutiny by the IRS, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Government made $100B in improper payments

- Associated Press

By its own estimate, the government made about $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to receive them — tax credits to families that didn't qualify, unemployment benefits to people who had jobs and medical payments for treatments that might not have been necessary.