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Congress keeps funding overbudget plutonium site with no real customers

- The Washington Times

This week the House approved over $300 million for a Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at Savannah River in South Carolina as part of U.S. nuclear nonproliferation efforts, despite calls from watchdog groups to gut a program that has fallen far behind schedule, exceeded its budget and has no real customers.

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House dedicates millions to unneeded missile system

- The Washington Times

In what some are calling a political power play, Congress moved Thursday to approve the national defense budget that includes millions of dollars for a missile-defense site that Pentagon officials have repeatedly said is unneeded.

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Medicare overseers waste $251 million by using outdated drug pricing estimates

- The Washington Times

Ignoring previous cost-cutting recommendations from its own watchdogs, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) wasted nearly $251 million in taxpayer dollars on infusion drugs in just 18 months by using outdated drug pricing estimates, which drove up the cost of prescription injectable drugs for an aging baby boomer population.

In this photo taken Sept. 18, 2014, and released by the U.S. Navy, an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter flies by the USS Anchorage in the Pacific Ocean. When NASA's new state-of-the-art space capsule returns from its first orbit of the Earth, a Navy ship carrying the name of Alaska's largest city will be there to pluck it out of the ocean. The USS Anchorage, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, left San Diego on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, for the retrieval mission. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Specialist 1st Class Charles White)

Navy overtime scam: Civilian workers charged for bogus pay

- The Washington Times

Civilian workers at Indiana's Naval Weapons Station Crane sought and received nearly $4 million in pay for working with explosives, handling microorganisms or being in dangerous conditions. The only problem was, they never worked under such conditions.

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Inmates gone wild at Brooklyn half-way house

- The Washington Times

Inmates at a halfway house in Brooklyn, New York, were allowed to come and go from the facility as they pleased, did not receive mandatory drug testing, and didn't have required verification of employment, according to a new audit report from the Department of Justice.

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Employees at N.J. Naval base misused funds after Superstorm Sandy

- The Washington Times

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, civilian workers at New Jersey's Naval Weapons Station Earle used the base's money to buy ceramic tile, molding and toilet partitions for their personal houses and exploited overtime pay — with some putting in and being approved for 24-hour work shifts during the disaster.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Millions in HUD money went to lobbying, not housing

- The Washington Times

Despite a prohibition against taxpayer money being spent to influence government, millions of dollars meant to provide housing to poor and underprivileged areas instead went to lobbying because of lax oversight by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Army Corps dumps $7M into defective Afghan plant

- The Washington Times

According to a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the United States has shelled out more than $7.2 million to construct a defective power plant and wasted another $1.3 million building two gas stations that have never been used.

Crystal A. Diaz, a U.S. Border Patrol agent with the Tucson Sector in Arizona, rides her ATV while on patrol.  (AP Photo/U.S. Border Patrol)

Homeland Security spends millions on overtime

- The Washington Times

The Homeland Security Department continues to dole out hundreds of millions of dollars a year in overtime to its employees without being sure it is justified, despite years of warning that valuable tax money is in danger of being wasted.

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A Year in Review: $73B of fiscal waste identified for the taxpayer

- The Washington Times

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.