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April 25, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Feds Continue to Pay for Empty Bank Accounts



The White House The federal government will spend at least $890,000 this year on fees for empty bank accounts, according to an article in The Washington Post.

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Topics: Government Accountability

April 22, 2013

By Joe Newman

After 5 Years, Is Obama Ready to Fill State Department Vacancy?



Secretary of State John Kerry Secretary of State John Kerry says if it were up to him, the State Department would already have a permanent inspector general, a critical position that has been vacant for more than five years, but the delay is due to the White House’s vetting process.

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Topics: Government Accountability

April 19, 2013

By Ben Freeman, Ph. D.

Veterans Affairs Announces Plan to Reduce Claims Backlog



National Security Responding to withering criticism, the VA says veterans who have been waiting a year or more for disability benefits will be bumped to the head of the line for eligibility determinations.

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Topics: Government Accountability

April 11, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Government Wasting Tens of Billions Through Duplicative Programs



Government Accountability Duplicative programs from catfish inspections to foreign-language support are causing the federal government to waste tens of billions of dollars a year, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 28, 2013

By Mia Steinle

VA Healthcare System Failing Veterans, Study Says



Veterans Saluting Military veterans experience “excessive wait time” for medical care, leading to higher incidences of preventable hospitalizations and death, according to the Institute of Medicine.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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