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Rep. Jeff Miller, Florida Republican and chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee said the agency has a "horrible track record" in managing major construction projects. (Associated Press)

VA office failed to justify no-bid deals: audit

- The Washington Times

A Veteran Affairs office that oversees hundreds of millions of dollars in projects in Washington, Maryland and Virginia has failed to document why the agency is making no-bid purchases — a form of procurement the Obama administration has railed against publicly.

** FILE ** The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington is seen here on March 22, 2013. (Associated Press)

Prisoners get millions in bogus tax refunds

- The Washington Times

Prisoners continue to claim bogus tax refunds, to a tune of more than $1 billion in 2012, and the IRS has yet to take enough steps to combat it, the agency’s inspector general reported Tuesday.

The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington. The agency has been under fire for what critics say are politically motivated attacks against conservative organizations. (Associated Press)

IRS inspector general to release documents on privacy probe

- The Washington Times

The IRS inspector general has amassed 2,500 documents detailing its own investigations into whether the tax agency gave the White House private taxpayer information, and the Obama administration agreed this week to release the documents in what an advocacy group called a major win for transparency.

Joe Abbey, Arxan Technologies' director of software engineering, displays on his computer how he hacked into a phone app during a demonstration at the Black Hat USA 2014 cyber security conference Aug. 6 in Las Vegas. Federal systems grow more susceptible to attack as the government's online offerings expand to user-friendly websites and apps, experts say. (Associated Press)

Cybersecurity lapses leave government agencies vulnerable to hackers

- The Washington Times

Even though there have been at least two dozen mass breaches of government computer systems since 2013, many federal agencies continue to have a lax culture and poor security provisions to repel the growing threat from hackers and cyberattacking states such as Russia, Iran and China, internal investigative reports show.

Lois G. Lerner (Associated Press)

Investigators may have found up to 30K Lois Lerner emails

- The Washington Times

The IRS’s inspector general has told Congress that it may have discovered as many as 30,000 of the lost Lois G. Lerner emails, despite the IRS’s repeated insistence both in testimony to both Capitol Hill and federal courts that they were beyond recovery, congressional committees said Friday.

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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.

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.

**FILE** A draft copy of the 21-page Health and Human Services Department form proposed for use to apply for low-cost insurance from Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program is photographed in Washington on March 12, 2013. (Associated Press)

Feds paid bill for HIV drugs even after Medicare patients died: audit

- The Washington Times

Medicare continued paying for HIV-related drugs for 158 patients even after they died in 2012, according to a new watchdog report being released Friday that suggested the problems could extend well beyond AIDS drugs to include all pharmaceuticals covered under Medicare's prescription drug benefit.

Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, is taking to task those veterans who are abusing the government benefits system. He said veterans' benefit programs need to be streamlined to avoid duplicate payments. (Associated Press)

Veterans caught triple-dipping on benefits

- The Washington Times

One veteran on disability collected nearly $210,000 in benefits in 2013, while another earned more than $122,000 — nearly three times what his actual military pay would have been — according to a watchdog report being released Thursday that found tens of thousands of veterans are triple-dipping on disability.

Feds pay for guitar lessons, petting zoo trips for illegal immigrant children

- The Washington Times

One of the contractors housing some of the surge of illegal immigrant children from this summer offers them a petting zoo with miniature ponies, a Tilapia fish-farm operation and guitar lessons, according to documents releasedThursday by a senator who questioned whether the plush accommodations were a good use of taxpayers' money.

Virginia tobacco grants go up in smoke

More than $5.2 million in "tobacco" grants to Virginia communities has disappeared, leaving some of the state's most depressed areas deeper in the red.

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Tax dollars wasted on humanities projects, critics charge

- The Washington Times

It takes a lot of taxpayer dollars to subsidize a culture. American taxpayers are spending tens of millions of dollars this year funding National Endowment for the Humanities grants that, among other things, finance research projects that look into the lives of pets during Victorian England, consider the history of black Americans in golf and study the culture of tea consumption in India.