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Crystal A. Diaz, a U.S. Border Patrol agent with the Tucson Sector in Arizona, rides her ATV while on patrol.  (AP Photo/U.S. Border Patrol)

Homeland Security spends millions on overtime

- The Washington Times

The Homeland Security Department continues to dole out hundreds of millions of dollars a year in overtime to its employees without being sure it is justified, despite years of warning that valuable tax money is in danger of being wasted.

Sen. Bob Casey, Pennsylvania Democrat. (Associated Press)

U.S. not fully prepared for nuclear terrorist attack

- Associated Press

The federal government isn’t fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or large-scale natural catastrophe, lacking effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found.

The Department of Veterans Affairs, under pressure from Congress to weed out poorly performing employees, gives them five days' notice. (Associated Press)

Former VA procurement chief talked the talk but ignored red flags, investigators say

- The Washington Times

Iris Cooper, a top government procurement officer, said she was a big fan of scouring would-be contractors’ past performance to see if they could do the job. But that’s not what happened at the Department of Veterans Affairs while she ran its office of acquisition operations, where investigators say she steered about $15 million to a company with no track record that employed two of her friends.

Homeless Korean War veteran Thomas Moore, 79, adjusts his hat while wrapped in a blanket on a sidewalk in Boston on Nov. 20, 2013. Moore, who said he accidentally killed his best friend with a phosphorous grenade during one firefight and spent months afterward at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, also said he has no interest in getting a government-subsidized apartment. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Despite first lady’s vow to end veteran homelessness, VA fails miserably

- The Washington Times

While first lady Michelle Obama has personally crusaded to end veteran homelessness, the Veterans Affairs marquee program to address the problem has stumbled badly in outreach to homeless veterans, failing to answer, check on or provide prompt service to tens of thousands who called its help line, an internal investigation found.

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** 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.