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IRS Still Plagued By Security Vulnerability

The Government Accountability Project (GAO) released a report on January 8, 2008 documenting the mediocre progress made by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) toward tightening its information security systems.  The GAO said: “The IRS is at increased...

Leslie Paige December 31, 2007
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Binging On Taxpayer Dollars

The over-indulgent, over-zealous party attendee can certainly be an obnoxious component of any weekend celebration.  This individual is often referred to as That Guy. The societal pressures on a returning serviceman can, at times, be overwhelming...

CAGW Staff December 31, 2007
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FCC Trying to Take Over Your TV

WHEEL OF FORTUNE!

CAGW Staff November 30, 2007
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Embattled Doan Cuts Waste

The General Services Administration (GSA) is often called “the government’s landlord.”  It is responsible for the upkeep of the government’s 8,600 buildings.  The agency has a $66 billion budget and 12,000 employees, and its current administrator is...

Sean Kennedy November 30, 2007
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Big Time ARM Wrestling

The country continues to experience uncertainty and volatility in the financial markets as a result of the crisis in the mortgage industry.  Financial services companies have been hit hard.  For example, Merrill Lynch announced an $8.4 billion...

Leslie Paige November 30, 2007
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No Congressional Pay Raise

One of the few remaining issues that enjoyed bipartisan support was finally broken up when Democrats used the annual “cost of living allowance” (COLA) increase to attack Republicans during the 2006 campaign.  Democrats also pledged not to pass a...

CAGW Staff November 30, 2007
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California Piglet

The 2007 California Piglet Book marks the fifth consecutive year of publication for the joint exposé of the waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement by California government officials by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Foundation (HJTF) and Citizens...

CAGW Staff October 31, 2007
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Pork is Alive and Well

The new fiscal year dawned on October 1 without a federal budget and the Congress graciously granted itself another six weeks to complete its constitutional mandate to pass all 12 appropriations bills.  If it feels like déjà vu, that’s because it is...

Thomas Schatz September 30, 2007
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Waste on a Plane

According to a September 28, 2007 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, federal employees have been flying first and business classes more than they should.  The GAO reviewed credit card records for air travel purchases of federal employees...

Sean Kennedy September 30, 2007
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Pelosi AIDS San Francisco

A battle has been brewing over funding in the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act (CARE) section of the fiscal 2008 Labor-HHS-Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.  In 2006, CARE was renewed with a revised funding...

CAGW Staff September 30, 2007
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Three-day Workweek

After much fanfare surrounding its introduction in January, the Congressional five-day workweek has been quietly retired for the rest of the legislative year.  The House will have Fridays off in October so representatives can spend more time in...

CAGW Staff September 30, 2007
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Department of Homeland Waste

Since its creation in March 2003, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been dogged by criticism of its ability to fight waste, abuse and mismanagement.  On September 6, 2007, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its latest...

CAGW Staff August 31, 2007

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