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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 pswarts@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Phillip Swarts

Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson answers reporters questions about improvements within the medical care system during a visit to the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., Friday, July 11, 2014. During the visit, Gibson met with the medical center's staff and some veterans. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Georgia VA centers are timely with bonuses, not medicine for veterans

The Atlanta network of Veterans Affairs medical centers doled out more than $2 million in employee bonuses over the past four years, but failed to properly maintain medicine carts, causing nurses at one center to administer drugs and treatments belatedly. Published July 17, 2014

Student Daniel Chong talks about his ordeal while in the custody of the Drug Enforcement Administration when he was forgotten and left without food and water for five days at a news conference, Thursday, July 10, 2014, in San Diego. Chong is flanked by ACLU policy director Margaret Dooley-Sammuli. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Federal agents interacted with student during five-day jailing

Drug Enforcement Administration agents are solely to blame for the wrongful incarceration of Daniel Chong, including four employees who spoke with Mr. Chong during the five days he was imprisoned without food or water, an investigative report released Thursday said. Published July 10, 2014

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

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. Published July 10, 2014

Aldrin in cyberspace: Moon explorer marks milestone

Just a few weeks before the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, astronaut Buzz Aldrin is asking social media users to remember the historic event with the #Apollo45 campaign. Published July 9, 2014