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Seven years after El Dorado County, California, suffered severe flooding and mudslides during freak Christmas holiday season storms, the federal government finally got around this year to checking on how taxpayers' disaster funds were spent. What it found was, well, another disaster."The County did not comply with federal grant regulations and FEMA guidelines to award a contract totaling $2.2 million, nor did it ensure the reasonableness of the contract price," the Homeland Security Department's inspector general concluded in a recent report that reminds American taxpayers in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy that they often get fleeced during the cleanup and restoration efforts after natural disasters.
It was one of the simplest, most poignant promises Barack Obama made in 2008 in his first campaign for the White House: He would significantly reduce the government's lengthy backlog of pending claims for disability coverage. But the president's pledge not only remains unfulfilled, it has become a rallying cry for sick veterans, their widows and their advocates.
It was one of the simplest, most poignant promises Barack Obama made in 2008 in his first campaign for the White House: he would fulfill “a sacred trust with our veterans” by significantly reducing the government’s lengthy backlog of pending claims for disability coverage. The goal: all veterans could get a decision on disability claims within 125 days.
If an IRS agent shows up at your door claiming you owe money to Uncle Sam, he or she could be wrong.
It's often been said that charity begins in your own backyard. Turns out, accountability and oversight might want to start there, too.
Talk about a smooth deal.
The former head of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told congressional investigators he discovered the Obama administration's original account to Congress about the Fast and Furious gun scandal was inaccurate as early as March 2011 and urged the Justice Department to correct the record, an action that did not formally occur until eight months later.
The government's fiscal watchdogs have identified more than $5.8 billion in problematic stimulus spending, a figure that dwarfs the election-year statistics the Obama administration is using to tout the integrity of the president's signature economic recovery program, a Washington Guardian review of investigative reports has found.