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  • Illustration by Mark Weber

    EDITORIAL: Little Brother just as broke as Big Brother

    The federal government is far from alone in its financial woes. The profligate attitude of a congressman is found just as often in governors, state legislators, mayors and city councilmen all across the nation - and it shows. While a few jurisdictions are slightly better at managing their money than others, the overall picture painted last week by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is grim. The watchdog agency reported on its economic simulation that predicts state and local governments will face deficits deepening year after year for the next half-century, with no relief in sight - unless they radically alter course.


  • GAO hits programs for making teachers better

    Shoddy oversight and a lack of reliable testing methods make it difficult to know which federal programs geared to improve teacher quality are working, U.S. Comptroller General Gene L. Dodaro told a House hearing Wednesday.


  • Illustration: Planned Parenthood and government funding by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

    DILLER: Planned Parenthood's millions still missing

    Last June, we broke the story titled "Planned Parenthood's missing millions" that fo- cused on $1.3 billion of government money received by Planned Parenthood from 2003 to 2008, which was left unaccounted for when the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on the expenditures of federal funds by the abortion giant.


  • Border gear slow to be deployed

    Technology to replace a now-defunct virtual-fence project at the Mexican border likely won't be fully in place for at least another decade, maybe longer, according to the Government Accountability Office.


  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, said a GAO study on government waste and duplication was "a step in the right direction" and was something that "over the long term that could save some money." (Associated Press)

    GAO's report on waste suddenly a Hill must-read

    Move over, Tom Clancy — the newest thriller to go viral, at least by federal government report standards, is the Government Accountability Office's just-published look at waste and duplication in federal agencies.


  • **FILE** Rep. John L. Mica

    Watchdog: TSA 'cooked' data on airport security

    The Transportation Security Administration "cooked the books" to understate the costs of using federal workers rather than private contractors to screen airport passengers, a key TSA critic in Congress charged Wednesday.


  • Illustration: Regulations by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    EDITORIAL: Department of Redundancy Department

    Every time a member of Congress sees a news story or is annoyed by something, he thinks, "There ought to be a law." Such laws go on to become programs that continue indefinitely, even after they have outlived whatever usefulness they might have once had. Given the limited creativity of politicians, these eternal programs frequently overlap one another, resulting in a duplication of effort that costs us at least $100 billion a year, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report issued Tuesday.


  • Rep. Quayle finds 'a lot of waste in Washington'

    Freshman Rep. Ben Quayle said Wednesday that a Government Accountability Office report on redundancy and waste in the federal government shows how much more work Congress has to do to "change the culture" in Washington.


  • **FILE** Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican (Associated Press)

    Government watchdog identifies billions in federal waste

    A new study by a federal watchdog agency finds that overlapping and duplicative federal programs waste billions of taxpayer dollars each year, adding fresh targets as lawmakers in both parties seek opportunities to cut spending.


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