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  • GAO: Obama administration website on stimulus spending fails on transparency

    07/07/2010 10:36:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    the hill ^ | 7/7/10 | Gautham Nagesh
    The website used to track stimulus spending does not meet the transparency requirements laid out by the administration last year, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). According to the 400-page report, only a quarter of the projects listed on provide clear and complete information on the cost, schedule, purpose, location and status of stimulus-funded work. Most of the entries on the site provide some of that information, but 7 percent of the entries provide little to no information about how stimulus dollars are being spent, the report said. The study was conducted at the request...
  • DILLER: Planned Parenthood's missing millions

    06/21/2010 11:18:39 AM PDT · by iowamark · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 06/21/2010 | Rita Diller
    New GAO report reveals disturbing financial discrepancies A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on federal tax money funneled into Planned Parenthood and similar organizations raises more questions than it answers about the nation's largest abortion chain. Planned Parenthood Federation of America's (PPFA) audits show the organization spent just $657.1 million between 2002 and 2008 from federal government grants and programs, but the abortion behemoth's own annual reports show that it took in $2.3 billion from government grants and programs during the same time period. That's not pocket change. Why the discrepancy? The report (the first of...
  • ‘ACORN Youth Union’ Chapters Were Funded by Justice Department, Says GAO

    06/18/2010 5:11:59 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 442+ views
    CNSNews ^ | June 18, 2010 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    ( - The U.S. Justice Department gave a group called the New York Agency for Community Affairs a grant of $135,130 in fiscal year 2005 to “provide youth leadership training to students at select New York City schools, form ‘ACORN Youth Union’ chapters, and coordinate student campaigns to address issues such as school funding, neighborhood safety, and school governance,” according to a Government Accountability Office report released this week. The GAO report says that in fiscal years 2005 through 2009 the federal government gave ACORN and what the GAO calls “potentially related organizations” more than $40 million in federal funds.  According...
  • Report Shows Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Got $650 Million in Taxpayer Funds

    06/16/2010 3:59:02 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 24 replies · 667+ views
    Life News ^ | 6/16/10 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- A new Government Accountability Office report shows the Planned Parenthood abortion business reported spending over $650 million in federal funds over a seven year period. That averages to just under $100 million in federal funds each year and is something pro-life groups and lawmakers on Capitol Hill want to see ended. The new 33-page report concerns how much federal money the Planned Parenthood federation of America is receiving and from what sources -- with most of the funds coming from the Title X family planning program.Combining the money received from the Health and Human Services department...
  • GAO: Planned Parenthood received $657 million in tax dollars over last seven years

    06/17/2010 5:18:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies · 210+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/16/2010 | Mark Hemingway
    The Government Accountability Office has a released a report, “Fiscal Years 2002-2009 Obligations, Disbursements, and Expenditures for Selected Organizations Involved in Health-Related Activities.” But despite the soporific title, the report contains some pretty startling revelations about the amount government funding going to groups either perform abortions or advocate it.Over the seven year period studied in the report, Planned Parenthood received $657.1 million in tax dollars; Population Council received $284.3 million, the Guttmacher Institute received $12.7 million, Advocates for Youth received $8.7 million, and the International Planned Parenthood Federation received $3.9 million.All in all, $966.7 million tax dollars went to encouraging...
  • Head Start rife with enrollment fraud

    05/19/2010 3:54:30 AM PDT · by Scanian · 20 replies · 799+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 19, 2010 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    "Who won … Grandma or me?" the agent asked on the audiotape. "Grandma … because she had the lower income," the worker said, laughing. Other abuses included admitting a family who lived outside the Head Start service area, ignoring proof of employment, and admitting extraordinarily high numbers of "homeless" children. Under new rules, homeless children are automatically eligible for Head Start. The audio clips are available at the GAO web site,, listed under "reports and testimonies" for May 18. The GAO also found two Head Start families who reported incomes "in excess of $110,000," and that 63 children were...
  • GAO: Census has computer problem (operator errors?)

    05/01/2010 3:31:47 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 18 replies · 503+ views
    My Way News ^ | Apr 30, 8:44 PM (ET) | JACOB ADELMAN
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A computer system that the Census Bureau needs to manage its door-to-door count of the U.S. population remained buggy and prone to crash a day before enumerators were set to begin their work, government officials said Friday. The bureau's Paper Based Operations Control System did not function reliably in tests and, despite hardware and software upgrades, "may not be able to perform as needed under full operational loads," the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report. "So far, it is not as stable as it needs to be," GAO Strategic Issues Director Robert Goldenkoff said...
  • Muzzling the Watchdog

    04/13/2010 11:23:56 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 119+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | April 13, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Muzzling the Watchdog Malcolm A. Kline, April 13, 2010 The opposition party in Congress is concerned with the top choice of the majority party to head the fairly independent congressional research arm, the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Their qualms are not unfounded. “President Obama has a choice to make,” Rep. Darrell Issa of California, a GAO selection panel member and the senior Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee stated. “He can either follow the unfortunate and partisan path put forward by congressional Democrats and nominate an ideologue like Linda Bilmes or he can uphold GAO’s appropriate role...
  • GAO warns future of automaker pensions "uncertain"

    04/06/2010 2:56:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 67 replies · 1,256+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/6/10 | Stephen Manning - ap
    WASHINGTON – Automakers General Motors and Chrysler will need to put billions of dollars into their pension plans over the next five years to meet their funding requirements, the Government Accountablity Office said Tuesday. The GAO concluded that GM will have to add $12.3 billion by 2014, while Chrysler is expected to need $2.62 billion more during that time for its pension plan to keep it properly funded. GM and Chrysler both went through government-orchestrated Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last year. They emerged as newly restructured companies that were able to shed huge debts but remained responsible for the pension...
  • Phony products win Energy Star Label

    03/26/2010 12:42:36 PM PDT · by Kieri · 10 replies · 571+ views
    WXYZ-TV ^ | 03/26/10 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fifteen phony products — including a gasoline-powered alarm clock — won the Energy Star label in a test of the program's vulnerability to fraud. A report released Friday says government investigators tried to pass off 20 fake products as energy efficient, and only two were rejected. Three others didn't get a response. The General Accountability Office concludes the program is susceptible to fraud and abuse. The program run by the Energy Department and Environmental Protection Agency is supposed to identify energy-efficient products to help consumers. Tax credits and rebates serve as incentives to buy Energy Star products....
  • Pentagon tells Senate panel that F-35 is more than 50 percent over cost

    03/12/2010 6:50:25 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies · 507+ views
    The Hill ^ | 03/11/2010 | By Roxana Tiron
    The price tag for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) has increased by more than 50 percent, crossing a threshold that will force Pentagon officials to justify the need for the program to Congress, Pentagon officials told a Senate panel on Thursday. The price for one F-35 fighter jet in 2001 was estimated to be $50 million. Now the price tag has risen to between $80 million and $95 million per plane, calculated in 2002 constant dollars. In today’s dollars, one aircraft would cost an average of $112 million, according to Michael Sullivan, the director of the acquisition team at...
  • Cybersecurity: Progress Made but Challenges Remain...

    03/06/2010 1:30:35 PM PST · by Cindy · 2 replies · 154+ views
    Note: This is a SNIPPET only. Quote: GAO U.S. GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE "Cybersecurity: Progress Made but Challenges Remain in Defining and Coordinating the Comprehensive National Initiative" GAO-10-338 March 5, 2010 SNIPPET: "Summary In response to the ongoing threats to federal systems and operations posed by cyber attacks, President Bush established the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) in 2008. This initiative consists of a set of projects aimed at reducing vulnerabilities, protecting against intrusions, and anticipating future threats. GAO was asked to determine (1) what actions have been taken to develop interagency mechanisms to plan and coordinate CNCI activities and...
  • Angela McGlowan is a Anti-Second Amendment GUN GRABBER!!

    02/09/2010 1:09:21 PM PST · by Fred · 49 replies · 1,893+ views
    Radio The Gallo Show ^ | 02092010 | Gallo Show
    Angela McGlawon is a big friggin GUN GRABBER!!!! Listen to Angela, in her own words - youtube
  • The U.S. must speak out against China's offenses

    02/04/2010 8:19:58 AM PST · by Liberty1970 · 3 replies · 212+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 2/4/2010 | Geng He
    One year ago today, China kidnapped my husband. I don't know where he is. I don't know what is being done to him. The only thing I know is why he disappeared: My husband, Gao Zhisheng, defied Beijing by representing people the government finds threatening. As a leading human rights lawyer in China, he fought for those who had been abused by police, those who had their land stolen by the government and those who were persecuted for their religious beliefs. And now my husband is one of those persecuted people he so vigorously defended. Chinese authorities abducted Zhisheng on...
  • Speaking Up for Tough Choices

    01/14/2010 8:22:27 AM PST · by bs9021 · 172+ views
    American Journalism Center ^ | January 14, 2010 | Tilla Bradley
    Speaking Up For Tough Choices Tilla Bradley, January 14, 2010 There is certainly no better time for the release of former Government Accountability Office (GAO) head David M. Walker’s latest book, Comeback America: Turning the Country around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility than this. With the national debt at over 12 trillion dollars, America needs more sensible voices like Walker’s to help America stage the comeback to sound financial principles that is so fervently needed. The GAO is a research arm of the U.S. Congress. With over 35 years of experience in both the private and public sector, Mr. Walker is...
  • GAO opens ACORN investigation

    12/17/2009 11:21:11 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 36 replies · 2,876+ views
    GAO opens ACORN investigation By: Jake Sherman December 17, 2009 01:52 PM EST A top House Republican says the Government Accountability Office has opened an investigation into ACORN’s use of taxpayer dollars. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) made the announcement Thursday in the course of demanding a separate FBI investigation into the group. “Only an independent criminal investigation conducted by the FBI can get to the bottom of the nationwide allegations against ACORN,” Smith said in a news release. The GAO investigation will be completed jointly with the executive branch’s inspector general. More than 20 senators and several House members asked...

    12/10/2009 6:54:44 PM PST · by rae4palin · 7 replies · 447+ views ^ | 12/10/09 | rae4palin
    Christian human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng was seized by a dozen police officers and last seen in public on February 4, 2009. Gao Zhisheng has been repeatedly kidnapped, arrested, imprisoned and tortured by Chinese authorities for defending the persecuted. He has been an unyielding voice for justice in the Chinese courts and was even nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008.
  • Using Fake Documents to Get a Valid U.S. Passport

    12/09/2009 9:20:06 AM PST · by BGHater · 10 replies · 968+ views
    Schneier on Security ^ | 08 Dec 2009 | Bruce Schneier
    I missed this story: Since 2007, the U.S. State Department has been issuing high-tech "e-passports," which contain computer chips carrying biometric data to prevent forgery. Unfortunately, according to a March report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), getting one of these supersecure passports under false pretenses isn't particularly difficult for anyone with even basic forgery skills. A GAO investigator managed to obtain four genuine U.S. passports using fake names and fraudulent documents. In one case, he used the Social Security number of a man who had died in 1965. In another, he used the Social Security number of a fictitious...
  • U.N. Deletes Documents, Won't Come Clean on Costs of Greening World Offices

    12/06/2009 3:43:57 PM PST · by PapaBear3625 · 27 replies · 1,125+ views
    Fox News ^ | Dec 3,2009 | George Russell
    The United Nations, which has been telling the world that it must cut back dramatically on its greenhouse gas emissions, has finally decided to practice what it preaches. But the world body isn't coming clean on the full costs of its self-greening effort with the member states who foot the bill. After Fox News began asking questions about a pilot project that aims to start that process, the documentation concerning the greening effort abruptly disappeared from the U.N. Web site where it had been stored. [...] The U.N. pilot project has another purpose: it involves a low-profile, grass-roots campaign to...
  • Travel Warning: Mali

    09/02/2009 1:22:00 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 564+ views ^ | August 31, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: YOU ARE HERE: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report Travel Warning: Mali CONSULAR AFFAIRS BULLETINS Sub-Saharan Africa - Mali 31 Aug 2009 The U.S. Department of State issued the following Travel Warning on August 31: The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risk of travel to Mali and that Al-Qaeda in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) may use the Islamic month of Ramadan as an opportunity to conduct further attacks against Americans and other foreign nationals. Faith-based organizations, regardless of location, may be particularly targeted....