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  • GAO Report: US Still Not Prepared for Possible EMP Attack

    05/04/2016 5:50:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 3, 2016 | 4:20 PM EDT | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Two weeks after North Korea threatened to launch nuclear strikes against the U.S., the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that the federal government has still not implemented all of the recommendations made eight years ago to prevent catastrophic blackouts caused by an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. The recommendations were made in 2008 by the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electro-Magnetic Pulse Attack (EMP Commission). Although the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Energy (DOE) have taken actions to prepare against an EMP attack, they “have not established a coordinated approach to identifying...
  • GAO: US national debt approaching 100% of GDP; Unmanageable and Unsustainable

    04/08/2016 7:12:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/08/2016 | Rick Moran
    An auditor for the Government Accountability Office told the Senate budget committee that in the next 15-25 years, the amount of public debt will exceed all the goods and services produced by the entire U.S. economy.  Without action on the debt, the auditor said the percent of debt to GDP could rise to 200% or 300%. Washington Free Beacon: Gene Dodaro, the comptroller general for the Government Accountability Office, testified at the Senate Budget Committee to provide the results of its audit on the government’s financial books. “We’re very heavily leveraged in debt,” Dodaro said. “The historical average post-World War II...
  • Obama goes around Congress, sets record for new rules in 2015

    12/30/2015 6:35:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 30, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The administration issued a record amount of heft in the federal rule book in 2015 as President Obama's team, carrying out his orders to work around Congress, pushed his expansive government agenda on environmental, labor and Wall Street policy. With one day to go, the administration added 81,611 pages to the Federal Register, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute's count of the official record-keeping digest of federal agencies' rule-making. It's the highest total on record and the third time Mr. Obama has crossed the 80,000-page level during his presidency, the institute's Clyde Wayne Crews calculated. "This is the pen and...
  • Boeing, Lockheed to continue protest against U.S. bomber deal

    12/19/2015 11:27:56 AM PST · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 19, 2015 | Andrea Shalal
    Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp said they will continue their protest against the Air Force's selection of Northrop Grumman Corp to build a new long-range strike bomber, calling that process "irreparably flawed".
  • GAO Warns of Flaws in the U.S. Asylum System

    12/02/2015 12:56:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    MRC TV ^ | December 2, 2015 | Brittany M. Hughes
    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report Wednesday informing Congress that the Obama administration's immigration agencies "have limited capabilities to detect asylum fraud," and warning against a flawed system in which "an applicant whose asylum claim is fraudulent or who poses a threat to the United States is permitted to stay." By law, asylum is supposed to be a somewhat rare and unique immigration status to obtain, and can only be based on "past persecution or a well-founded fear of future persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion." But despite...
  • Americans Are Spending More On Planned Parenthood Than They Realize

    11/07/2015 10:52:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    MRC TV ^ | November 5, 2015 7:50pm ET | Jeff Dunetz
    Many concerned Americans are following the battle in Congress to defund Planned Parenthood, spurred by videos released over the summer by the Center for Medical Progress allegedly showing the organization selling the pieces of aborted babies. However, even if the abortion organization loses its funding from the federal budget, many tax payers will still be supporting it with their hard-earned dollars. Because along with the money they get from the from the federal budget, Planned Parenthood receives money from Obamacare and from state coffers. A General Accounting Office Study requested by pro-life members of Congress and released at the end...
  • Secret GAO Reports

    10/18/2015 8:13:45 AM PDT · by RicocheT · 4 replies
    freegovinfo ^ | October 16, 2015 | James A Jacobs
    Steven Aftergood says that “The Government Accountability Office this week quietly published a list of titles of its restricted reports that have not been publicly released because they contain classified information or controlled unclassified information.” GAO Posts Titles of Restricted Reports by Steven Aftergood, Federation of American Scientists, Secrecy News (Oct.16, 2015).
  • U.S. plan for Internet may be unconstitutional

    09/28/2015 5:19:33 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/28/15 | Rudy Takala
    President Obama's plan to "internationalize" the Internet may be unconstitutional, key members of Congress are claiming. The group of lawmakers sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office last week, saying the plan to relinquish oversight of Internet domain name functions to a global, multi-stakeholder body raised questions about the administration's "authority to transfer possession and control of critical components of the Internet's infrastructure to a third party."
  • ObamaCare Exchange Is Wide Open To Fraud, Feds Find

    07/17/2015 4:36:27 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/16/2015 | Staff
    Integrity: An undercover operation shows how ridiculously easy it is to defraud ObamaCare. Even after officials learned investigators had set up several bogus accounts in June of last year, they failed to catch any of them.
  • Democrats decry undercover probe of HealthCare.gov

    07/16/2015 10:56:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 16, 2015 1:54 PM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Senior Democrats pushed back Thursday against an undercover government probe of President Barack Obama’s health care law, saying it didn’t uncover any real fraud. Investigators for the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office signed up 11 bogus beneficiaries for 2014 coverage then got HealthCare.gov to continue benefits this year for all but one. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said these were “fictitious cases” and the GAO investigators themselves admit the findings can’t be translated to the 10 million people getting subsidized coverage through the law’s health insurance markets. Wyden spoke at a Finance Committee hearing on the investigation. But GAO’s audits chief Seto...
  • GAO report blasts Air Force justification for A-10 retirement

    06/26/2015 10:38:30 PM PDT · by Rabin · 15 replies
    U.S. Air Force Times ^ | 6/26/2015 | Staff
    The Air Force based its plan to retire the A-10 on projection of cost savings, ignoring mission (close air support), the Government Accountability Office. GAO punches holes in Air Force's bosses decision to retire the attack jet, saying planners did not, did not include the increased workload on other aircraft tasked Baltic & Black Sea theater realities. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, to block the Air Force's pro Soviet armor superiority, review. The agency states that the Air Force made the plan to retire the A-10 based on a "enemy with-in" review". The Air Force's guidance prioritized fifth-generation aircraft, readiness and...
  • GAO: Gov’t waste of natural gas costing taxpayers millions

    05/06/2015 7:39:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 6, 2015 6:09 PM EDT | Hope Yen
    Significant amounts of natural gas on federal lands are being wasted, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars each year and adding to harmful greenhouse gas emissions, a congressional investigation has found. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office also said the Bureau of Land Management failed to conduct production inspections for hundreds of high-priority oil and gas wells—roughly 1 out of 5—to ensure full payment of royalties to the U.S. The report, obtained by The Associated Press before its public release, is the latest to highlight substantial gaps in oversight. An AP review of government records last May found the agency,...
  • How EPA Cooks Books to Downplay Costs

    04/19/2015 6:49:19 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 2015-04-19 | Judi McLeod
    As debate intensifies around the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed carbon dioxide rule, EPA’s supporters are pushing back against claims that the economic costs of the rule outweigh the climate benefits. For instance, in a recent opinion piece for the Arizona Republic, University of Arizona law professor Kris Mayes claims that a widely cited study by NERA Economic Consulting fails to account for “energy efficiency investments that save money for consumers.” This criticism of NERA is unfounded. In fact, as NERA and others explain, it is EPA who has failed to accurately calculate energy efficiency and other impacts, resulting in...
  • New Report Finds ‘Palatability’ Problems, Higher Prices Led To School Lunch Decline

    03/18/2015 1:56:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/18/15 | Chuck Ross
    Federally-mandated changes to school lunches backed by first lady Michelle Obama helped cause an unprecedented drop in the number of students eating lunch, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The GAO cited two factors stemming from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which caused a decrease in the number of children eating school lunch each day: school childrens’ issues with “palatability” and “federally-mandated” increases in the price of school lunches. “Several factors likely influenced the recent decreases in lunch participation, and while the extent to which each factor affected participation is unclear, state and...
  • Federal agencies make $125B in improper payments last year

    03/16/2015 6:42:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 16, 2015 5:47 PM EDT | Stephen Ohlemacher
    Federal agencies made $125 billion in improper payments last year, including tax credits to people who didn’t qualify, Medicare payments for treatments that might not be necessary and unemployment benefits for people who were actually working, said a government report released Monday. The level of improper payments was a new high after several years of declines. In addition to fraud, the errors included overpayments and underpayments, as well payments made without proper documentation. While the errors were spread among 22 federal agencies, three programs stood out: Medicare, Medicaid and the Earned Income Tax Credit. Together, the three programs accounted for...
  • GAO: Union Pension Insurance Fund ‘Likely To Be Insolvent’ Within Decade

    02/24/2015 10:41:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 24, 2015 - 3:18 PM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Despite recent congressional action, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s (PBGC) multi-employer pension insurance program is “likely to be insolvent by the year 2024,” according to the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) latest list of 30 “High Risk” government programs. PBGC collects premiums set by Congress from employers to insure the pension benefits of more than 44 million American workers and retirees currently covered under defined benefit plans. The agency’s “single-employer program protects about 33.6 million workers and retirees in about 27,600 pension plans,” according to the PBGC website. “The multi-employer program protects 10.4 million workers and retirees in about 1,500 pension...
  • Thousands of federal workers on extended paid leave

    10/20/2014 11:26:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 20 2014 | Lisa Rein
    Tens of thousands of federal workers are being kept on paid leave for at least a month — and often for longer stretches that can reach a year or more — while they wait to be punished for misbehavior or cleared and allowed to return to work, government records show. During a three-year period that ended last fall, more than 57,000 employees were sent home for a month or longer. The tab for these workers exceeded $775 million in salary alone. The extensive use of so-called administrative leave continues despite government personnel rules that limit paid leave for employees facing...
  • GAO: Where did ObamaCare’s $3.7B go?

    09/23/2014 11:32:06 AM PDT · by what's up · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sept 23, 2014 | Sarah Ferris
    “CMS's processes are inconsistent with certain federal accounting and internal control standards,” the report states. To improve the system, the GAO recommends that CMS staff create new procedures to provide more timely and reliable information to the public. “Particularly for programs subject to a significant degree of public and congressional scrutiny,” the GAO reports. The report marks the third time in two weeks that a federal audit has criticized the rollout of ObamaCare. The auditors pointed to one particularly troublesome area within CMS — its Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight, which works largely with state governments. That agency...
  • EDITORIAL: Obama’s unlawful Bergdahl-for-terrorists swap

    08/23/2014 5:23:33 PM PDT · by Innovative · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Aug 23, 2014 | WT Editorial
    Trading five terrorists for a deserter isn’t just bad policy, it’s against the law President Obama was wrong earlier this year to trade five hardened terrorists from the prison at Guantanamo Bay for a deserter. All but the president’s most dedicated supporters understood then that the trade was a really bad idea. Now, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office has confirmed what many suspect, that the swap violated a “clear and unambiguous” law. For this White House, the law is little more than an annoyance to be swatted away when inconvenient. Mr. Obama makes and remakes the law as he goes...
  • WH Rules: Violation in Terrorist Swap Punishable By Jail, Suspension, Removal of Office

    08/22/2014 1:16:37 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 22, 2014
    The law violated by the Obama administration when it secretly exchanged five Guantanamo terrorists for an Army solider captured by the Taliban after deserting his post is punishable by jail, suspension and removal of office, according to written White House rules. The nonpartisan investigative arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), confirmed this week that the president broke a “clear and unambiguous” law when he swapped the high-level terrorists for Bowe Bergdahl, an Army sergeant who went AWOL in Afghanistan in 2009. According to rules issued by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the violation is...
  • The EPA’s Shoddy Math

    08/14/2014 8:41:52 AM PDT · by rktman
    nationalreview.com ^ | 8/14/2014 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    It’s critically important to have high-quality cost-benefit assessments for proposed regulations, especially at the Environmental Protection Agency, which issues some of the federal government’s most expensive rules. But a new report from the Government Accountability Office finds that the EPA has employed some suspicious math in assessing several recent regulations aimed at improving air and water quality. For example, the EPA claims it examined the potential effects on employment as it drafted regulations for industrial boilers, commercial incinerators, and waste-water dischargers — but, the GAO found, the EPA was reaching these estimates by using 20-year-old labor-market research that examined only...
  • USASpending.gov short of data on $619 billion worth of grants and awards

    08/05/2014 3:33:08 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8-5-2014 | Nancy Scola
    Launched in December 2007, USASpending.gov was meant as a way of tapping modern technology to hand the American public the means to track what the federal government spends. But a new report from the Government Accountability Office found that, in 2012 at least, more than $619 billion in federal awards that should be accounted for on the site weren't. Agencies, GAO found, are generally reporting on the contracts that they hand out. What's missing from the site are grants and awards, a range of federal spending that covers everything from agricultural development to research on new naval reconnaissance. The absent...
  • GAO: Government failed to report $619 billion in spending to its transparency site

    08/06/2014 4:49:57 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    WaPo ^ | 8-5-14 | Josh Hicks
    The White House budget office launched USASpending.gov in 2007 to track federal spending after scores of lawmakers, including then-Sen. Barack Obama, successfully pushed through a bipartisan bill to ensure greater transparency with the funding. At last check, less than 8 percent of the site’s spending information was accurate, and federal agencies had failed to report nearly $620 billion in grants, loans and other forms of assistance awards, according to a recent report from Congress’s nonpartisan Government Accountability Office.
  • Obamacare: 2011 GAO Report Confirms 'Speak-O' Gruber

    07/27/2014 11:21:37 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 27, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Liberals are now in damage control mode on the heels of the discovery of not one but two videos of Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber claiming in January 2012 that the subsidies for that program were limited to exchanges set up by the states. Their contention is that while Gruber might have worked closely with Congress to create the Obamacare bill, he is still not Congress. The other claim is that there is no document that backs up what they consider to be merely a Gruber "Speak-O." Newsflash folks! Your humble correspondent has come upon a 2011 General Accounting Office report...
  • GAO: $14 billion in improper Medicaid payments. Obamacare Expansion Will Only Make Matters Worse.

    06/22/2014 10:17:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/21/2014 | Rick Moran
    The Government Accountability Office has released a shocking report on Medicaid waste. They found that $14 billion had been improperly paid to managed care organizations (MCO's) who work with state Medicaid agencies to service eligible clients. Washington Examiner: The "size and diversity" of the MCOs have put both state and federal governments at odds on how to oversee the payments, the report said. Specifically, the wrong payments made were for treatments or services not covered, not necessary, or billed for but never provided, GAO found. States that expand Medicaid programs under Obamacare will receive a 100 percent reimbursement from...
  • White House Solicited Millions in Private Funding for Obamacare Outreach

    04/21/2014 3:22:34 PM PDT · by Siegfried X · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 04/21/2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) solicited millions in donations from private health care companies for a nonprofit organization to promote Obamacare, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The GAO released a report on Monday following a request from Republican senators to investigate HHS’s coordination with Enroll America, a “nonprofit, nonpartisan” organization founded by former White House staffers. The report noted that former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius contacted the CEOs of five organizations last year to “solicit support” for Enroll America, which it would use to promote Obamacare. Additionally, the report links the...
  • GAO: IRS has information security control weaknesses

    04/09/2014 9:18:34 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 7 replies
    FCW ^ | April 09 2014 22:42 GMT | Mike Cipriano
    The Internal Revenue Service continues to have weaknesses in information security control that the Government Accountability Office fears could affect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of financial and sensitive taxpayer data. An April 8 GAO report found that although the IRS has improved on information security control and internal control over financial reporting, significant risks remain. The agency has failed to consistently install the appropriate patches on all databases and servers to protect against known vulnerabilities, GAO found, and also failed to sufficiently monitor database controls and appropriately restrict access to its mainframe environment. The IRS has also allowed individuals...
  • GAO to audit Oregon’s failed ObamaCare exchange site

    03/11/2014 7:31:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/11/2013 | Mary Katherine Ham
    The list of state ObamaCare exchange "successes" expands. Earlier today, word was the feds were looking into Maryland. Also, Oregon is in even worse shape than Maryland, despite spending $300 million. THREE HUNDRED MILLION. The state had its chance to audit and apparently just pretended to. That staggering figure and correspondingly staggering failure has even the state’s ObamaCare-supporting senators asking for an investigation: Congress’s investigative arm said Wednesday it will audit Oregon’s broken healthcare exchange site, which has yet to enroll even one person despite spending $304 million in federal funds.The U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a letter to...
  • Planned Parenthood now under nationwide investigation by GAO, Congressmen announce

    08/05/2013 6:41:09 PM PDT · by topher · 30 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Mon Aug 05, 2013 20:05 EST | Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., August 5, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The General Accounting Office (GAO) will investigate every dollar of federal funding going to Planned Parenthood, as well as other organizations that support the liberalization of abortion laws, for potential fraud. The GAO will investigate the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), the Guttmacher Institute, the Sex Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), the Population Council, and Advocates for Youth. The “comprehensive” report will list every service performed and every federal dollar allocated, four Congressmen announced on Monday afternoon.
  • (GAO) report identifies problems created by Michelle Obama’s ‘healthy’ school lunch overhaul

    07/16/2013 3:01:12 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 15 replies
    Education Action Group News ^ | July 15, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    Complete Headline: Federal report identifies numerous problems created by Michelle Obama’s ‘healthy’ school lunch overhaul A newly released report by the Government Accountability Office finds numerous problems have been created by the National School Lunch Program overhaul pushed by First Lady Michelle Obama. Those problems have been magnified in recent weeks, as several school districts across the nation have either dropped out of the voluntary federal lunch program or have increased prices of school lunches to make up for a drop in sales attributed to federal menu changes. The report, presented to a subcommittee of the House Education and Workforce...
  • The GAO IS Now Investigating The DHS Ammo Purchases

    04/29/2013 8:48:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/29/13 | Debra Heine
    Last Thursday, Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who chairs one of the House oversight subcommittees, held a hearing to find out why the Department of Homeland Security has been ordering so much ammunition. "It is entirely ... inexplicable why the Department of Homeland Security needs so much ammunition," Chaffetz said at the hearing. He revealed that the department currently has more than 260 million rounds in stock. He said the department bought more than 103 million rounds in 2012 and used 116 million that same year -- among roughly 70,000 agents. Comparing that with the small-arms purchases procured by the U.S....
  • Use of Remanufactured Parts in the Federal Vehicle Fleet Is Based On a Variety of Factors

    03/07/2013 2:49:06 PM PST · by mdittmar · 7 replies
    U.S. Government Accountability Office ^ | Mar 7, 2013 | U.S. Government Accountability Office
    What GAO Found The 14 agencies GAO reviewed have vehicle repair processes that generally allow field office staff, such as the vehicle operator or local fleet manager, to make vehicle maintenance and repair decisions. These processes neither mandate nor prohibit the use of remanufactured parts. The agencies we reviewed generally do not keep data on the extent to which remanufactured parts are used. Agency officials from the 14 agencies in our review said that they use remanufactured parts when warranted, and we observed the presence of remanufactured parts in the stock rooms during our visits to repair facilities. Deciding when...
  • 5 Reasons ObamaCare Will Add Far More Than $6.2 Trillion To Deficits

    02/27/2013 4:07:07 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 3 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/26/2013 | John Merline
    On Tuesday, Sen. Jeff Sessions touted a government report that blew a $6.2 trillion hole in President Obama's promise that his signature health reform wouldn't add a dime to the deficit. According to the report by the Government Accountability Office, that promise rested entirely on several cost-control mechanisms in ObamaCare that almost no one thinks will work. [snip] Still, bad as this $6.2 trillion deficit boost is, the real figure is likely to be much higher, since the GAO is still being far too optimistic about the rest of ObamaCare. Here are five big assumptions the GAO makes that aren't...
  • GAO Report: Obama's Policies 'Not Sustainable'

    02/21/2013 6:43:18 PM PST · by lowbridge · 10 replies
    breitbart ^ | february 19, 2013 | Celia Bigelow
    For two months, reporters and lawmakers have ignored a devastating report from the federal government itself, which warns that the nation's current fiscal policy will lead to economic collapse. The Government Accountability Office (GAO)—the personal auditor of President Obama and the federal government—released its assessment of the federal government on January 17, 2013. The report's findings illuminate just how dire America's spending problem is and, therefore, how little the current cuts debated by Congress do to fix it. The findings of the paper include these excerpts (emphasis added):
  • GAO: Defense Dept. Lowered Standards for Afghan Forces to Justify Withdrawal

    02/14/2013 1:32:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | William Bigelow
    During Tuesday night's State of the Union address, Barack Obama boasted that he and NATO are planning to leave Afghanistan at the end of 2014 and leave the security of the country to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). There’s one problem: the ANSF isn’t ready. The ANSF was supposed to meet determined standards of effectiveness before the U.S. would withdraw its forces, but now the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is admitting that those standards were lowered so that coalition forces could get out. The desired ranking for the ANSF was previously “independent,” which meant they could function alone. Those...
  • Inside Gao where Arab jihadis took bloody sharia retribution on Mali's black Africans

    02/02/2013 10:03:29 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    The Observer, Guardian UK ^ | Saturday 2 February 2013 | Lindsey Hilsum in Gao
    At least 12 men had hands or feet cut off after MUJAO (Movement for Jihad and Unity), and its allies in AQIM (al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb), took control of Gao last April. The exact number is not known because some were amputated in the military base... The mayor's office, a few yards from the punishment ground, was turned into a sharia court... Suspects were confined to a small room where they were tied up and beaten, before being brought before Islamic judges, known as marabous, who sat every Monday and Thursday. Ali Altini and Mohammed Aklini were due to...
  • Financially Unstable GAO Report highlights skyrocketing costs of entitlements, Obamacare’s

    01/17/2013 5:37:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/17/13 | Andrew Evans
    The Government Accountability Office (GAO)’s annual audit of the government, released Thursday, raises serious concerns about the federal government’s long-term financial stability and the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act’s cost-curbing measures. The report found “that—absent policy changes—the federal government continues to face an unsustainable fiscal path.” The GAO, which is an “independent, nonpartisan” government agency, released its annual report as Congress braces for a fight with President Barack Obama over the debt ceiling. Republicans are calling for spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. The president has vowed not to negotiate with Congress. The report notes that...
  • France begins ground offensive in Mali

    01/16/2013 7:28:53 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 39 replies
    The Hindu ^ | 16 January 2013 | Aman Sethi
    A week after French aircraft rushed to the aid of a defeated and demoralised Malian army, French ground forces have begun fighting alongside the Malian army in Diabaly, a town 350 km north of capital Bamako. Since last year, northern Mali has been overrun by Islamist rebels organised under the banners of the Ansar Dine, the Movement for Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Last Friday, France sent in jets, helicopter gunships, and special forces to Central Mali as Islamist rebels advanced till 50 km from a major military base in Sevare, and captured...
  • Mayhem in Mali: Implications of the Military Coup in Bamako

    03/24/2012 1:20:28 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies · 5+ views
    Jamestown Foundation ^ | 3/23/2012 | Andrew McGregor
    Executive Summary:On March 21, 2012, a group of Army mutineers appeared on Mali's national television station to declare that they had ended President Amadou Toumani Toure's regime and put in place the “National Committee for the Return of Democracy and the Restoration of State” (CNRDR). In the days following the coup, the leader of the CNRDR – Captain Amadou Sanago, a virtually unknown junior officer, has shown an inability to command discipline from his troops – who have looted the capital. The disappearance of President Toure and the factional infighting of the Army have made the country defenseless against AQIM’s...
  • New pay-per-mile scheme would boost taxes 250 percent

    01/14/2013 2:32:31 PM PST · by lowbridge · 82 replies
    http://washingtonexaminer.com ^ | january 14, 2013 | paul bedard
    An on-again, off-again move by the Obama administration to scrap the federal gas tax in favor of a pay-per-mile fee would boost the tab to Americans as high as 250 percent, raising their current tax of 18.4 cents a gallon to as high as 46 cents, according to a new government study. But without a tax increase, said the Government Accountability Office study, the government's highway fund is going to go dry. One reason the fund is going broke: President Obama's push for fuel efficient cars has resulted in better mileage, and fewer stops at the pump. The GAO study...
  • Welcome to Africa’s Alqaedastan-Obama’s Libyan war breeds horror in Mali.

    01/08/2013 4:31:33 PM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 8, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    “When it was my turn, they took me blindfolded,” the thief said. “Suddenly I felt a pain in my right hand that was out of this world. My hand had just been chopped off.” This is Gao, once the seat of an empire, and then a glorified village, and now a city the size of Scranton under the boot of its Islamist conquerors. Gao has become a place where thieves have their hands cut off, where women are forced to wear the stifling Hijab in 113 degree heat or be lashed and where unmarried couples are stoned to death. Borders...
  • GAO Report Confirms Pigford Designed for Undetectable Fraud

    12/08/2012 10:10:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/8/12 | Lee Stranahan
    An official government report released Friday admits that the Pigford “Black Farmers” Settlement was designed with no mechanism for objectively determining fraud but hid that shocking conclusion under pages of bureaucratic doublespeak. “Burying the lede” is a journalistic term used to describe the act of hiding essential information by putting non-essentials in front of it. On December 7, 2012, the United States Government Accountability Office released report number GAO-13-69R, also known as "Civil Rights: Additional Actions in Pigford II Claims Process Could Reduce Risk of Improper Determinations." Just based on the title, you can already tell the report is needlessly...
  • Friendly reminder from GAO: You’re about to hit the entitlement iceberg, people

    12/05/2012 10:03:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/05/2012 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    While we meddle on the margins and stay safely ballparks away from anything that might actually tackle our deficit and debt problems: The Government Accountability Office warned in a report Monday that if cuts are not made to mandatory spending — including Social Security and Medicare — there will be a fundamental gap between spending and revenue as more baby boomers retire.“Significant actions to change the long-term fiscal path must be taken,” the GAO warned. Strangely, the Government Accountability Office does not headline this report with the $800 billion we can raise over 10 years from tax hikes on those...
  • Mali Rebels Merge, Plan to Create Islamic State

    05/27/2012 12:20:38 PM PDT · by Theoria · 3 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 27 May 2012 | Anne Look
    BAMAKO - Tuareg rebels and Islamist militants have joined forces in northern Mali and say they will create an independent Islamist state. The groups took advantage of a military coup in Bamako to seize control of the territory in early April. Resistance is growing in the north to the efforts to introduce Islamic law. In the northern Malian town of Gao, court is in session. Commissioner Abdoulaye Maiga begins by reading from the Quran in the roadside courtyard outside the former police station. Once an area businessman, Maiga is a member of the militant Islamist sect Ansar Dine that residents...
  • Mali's Islamist warlord declares war on the West

    08/20/2012 1:03:05 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 15 replies
    channel4.com ^ | 20AUG12 | Lindsey Hilsum
    A militant Islamist leader whose forces have just conquered two-thirds of the West African state of Mali vows to launch holy war against the West. Omar Ould Hamaha, the military commander of Ansar Dine, or "Defenders of the Faith", which has scored a stunning victory in Mali against the failed state's armed forces, now controls a region larger than France which includes three paved runways that could be used to fly in weapons or drugs. He said: "Even if they (western forces) don't come here, when we have finished conquering France, we will come to the USA, we will come...
  • GAO: Obama Admin Circumvented Law with Welfare Waivers

    09/05/2012 8:46:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    CNSNews ^ | September 5, 2012 | Matt Cover
    The Obama administration circumvented federal law in announcing it would waive the work requirements in welfare, a GAO review found, saying that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should have submitted the new policy to Congress for review. At issue is whether the policy falls under the purview of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that requires all administrative changes of policy or regulation be submitted to Congress for review and possible disapproval. ... HHS must formally submit the letter to Congress and the Comptroller General before it can legally issue the waivers to the requirement that a certain...
  • GAO: EPA rules to cause energy price increases in Midwest, ‘compromise’ electric grid

    08/17/2012 4:59:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/16/12 | Joel Gehrke
    Four coal industry regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will likely cause electricity prices to rise and may “compromise” electric grid reliability — especially in the Midwest and South — according to the Government Accountability Office. “Several representatives from power companies and officials from federal and state regulatory agencies have expressed concerns that as companies incur additional costs in responding to these additional regulations, and as the electricity supply is affected by generating unit requirements, electricity prices could increase and reliability — the ability to meet consumers’ electricity demands — could be compromised,” the GAO
  • GAO says expanded food stamp eligibility raises costs, chances of abuse

    07/31/2012 3:29:53 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/30/2012 | By Pete Kasperowicz
    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report Monday that says the ability of states to expand eligibility for federal food stamps made about 473,000 more people eligible for food stamps, and added about $460 million in extra costs in 2010. The GAO also said this increased expansion has increased the chances of fraud and abuse of the food stamp program. The report was requested by Senate Budget Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and leaders of the House Agriculture Committee, in light of dramatically rising costs to administer the $70 billion Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as...
  • GAO: 8 million CCWs; Feinstein spins report to oppose nat’l reciprocity

    07/19/2012 6:43:11 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 July, 2012 | Dave Workman
    The Government Accountability Office has just issued a report on concealed carry in the United States that says there are at least 8 million active concealed carry permits, and anti-gun California Senator Dianne Feinstein immediately said the report is proof that national CCW reciprocity would endanger the lives of police and private citizens. Gun Rights Examiner obtained a copy of the 90-page GAO document, which details differences in state requirements to obtain a concealed carry permit or, as they are called in Washington State, a concealed pistol license (CPL). Late Thursday afternoon, the Department of Licensing told this column that...
  • Why Are Welfare Rolls Flat, While the Food Stamp Program Grows Rapidly?

    07/03/2012 10:59:17 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 14 replies
    Stateline.org ^ | by Pamela M. Prah, Staff Writer
    The number of people receiving food stamps hit a record high during the recent recession and remains high. But that has not been the case for welfare. In some states, welfare participation rates have actually decreased over the past few years. Equally surprising is the fact that less than one-third of the federal and state money currently spent on welfare is actually given to people as cash assistance. The rest is spent on specialized services such as child care, child welfare and teen pregnancy counseling, but the government really doesn’t know how these funds are used and who benefits. “We’ve...