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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

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

Golden Hammer: Pentagon paid too much for Humvee repairs

Like any frustrated motorist gouged on repair bills, taxpayers have had to shell out $26.3 million too much to fix the Pentagon's fleet of Humvees, the military's watchdog said. That's because Pentagon officials never checked price or sales data for replacement parts designed to keep the vehicles running. Published April 10, 2014

House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa said Tuesday that little seems to be getting done to save taxpayers money and avoid wasting billions of dollars through duplication and redundant programs. (Associated Press)

Watchdog finds more federal waste

Like a shopper buying everything on a grocery list twice, the federal government is wasting billions of dollars through duplication and redundant programs, Congress' chief watchdog warned, releasing its fourth annual list of recommendations on ways to cut down on wasteful spending. Published April 8, 2014

** 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