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Phillip Swarts

Phillip Swarts

Phillip Swarts is an investigative reporter for The Washington Times, covering fiscal waste, fraud and political ethics. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and previously worked as an investigative reporter for the Washington Guardian. Phillip can be reached at

Articles by Phillip Swarts

** FILE ** Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, after the Supreme Court heard arguments on a case involving family-owned companies that provide health insurance to their employees, but object to covering certain methods of birth control that they say can work after conception, in violation of their religious beliefs. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Golden Hammer: Agencies stock up on scientists with superpay

The normal federal worker can't earn a salary of more than $130,000 a year under the civil service system, but Uncle Sam has been hiring an increasing number of scientists, medical researchers and doctors at salaries double that amount under a special program to attract better private-sector talent. Published April 3, 2014

**FILE** Rep. Jeff Miller, Florida Republican, listens to testimony at a special hearing of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs on July 13, 2010, at the Thomas Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in St. Louis. (Associated Press)

Report finds major problems at Miami VA rehab site

A Department of Veterans Affairs drug rehabilitation facility was so poorly run that some patients were actually on drugs during their stay there — culminating in the death of a veteran from an overdose of cocaine and heroin. Published March 28, 2014

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Probe finds abuses among N.Y. dentists

Investigators at the Health and Human Services Department are warning that some dentists are starting to perform unnecessary procedures on kids — and turning a profit by billing the government for it. Published March 27, 2014

IG has questions about Pentagon's Afghan incinerator review

The nation's top investigator in Afghanistan is questioning just how thoroughly Defense Department officials tried to correct issues related to a problem-plagued $5.4 million trash incinerator, and announced they are launching their own investigation. Published March 18, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder unknowingly used incorrect data in October 2012 when touting the Justice Department's successes in fighting mortgage fraud. (Associated press)

Justice Department overstated mortgage fraud successes

Justice Department officials used misleading data to argue that their efforts to fight mortgage fraud were more effective than they actually were, a new internal report has concluded, faulting officials for using the incorrect data for ten months after it was learned the information was inaccurate. Published March 18, 2014

This image provided by NBC shows Jimmy Fallon, left, and first lady Michelle Obama dancing on the set of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Friday Feb. 22, 2013 in New York. The dance was part of Obama's “Let’s Move” campaign. (AP Photo/NBC, Lloyd Bishop)

Obamacare youth push escalates with meme-themed website

The White House is relying on new spokespeople to pitch Obamacare: a dog that can't jump over a hedge, a panda cub that won't give up its ball, an Elmo doll flying off a shelf and a cat that jumps so high it knocks out a light. Published March 17, 2014