Vets: VA’s Care of Veterans Impeded by Filming of TV Series, Conference

Conference included party planning tips, ‘What Color is Your Personality?’ session
The set of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" / AP

The filming of a TV series that took over the entire second floor of a Los Angeles VA center and conferences attended by VA health care providers—which included topics on how to plan a party—contributed to the delay of care for veterans, according to interviews with VA staffers and veterans.

Medicaid Made $14.4 Billion Improper Payments Last Year

GAO: problem will worsen under Obamacare
Marilyn Tavenner

The federal government paid out $14.4 billion in fraudulent reimbursements through Medicaid last year, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) highlighted a recent GAO report on the lack of oversight within Medicaid’s managed care organizations (MCOs) delivery system, which accounts for roughly $4 billion in waste each year.

VA Spent Tens of Millions on Ad Campaigns, Audits, Green Energy

Spending part of $1 billion in contracts disbursed by administration for ‘professional services’
Montgomery VA Medical Center / AP

An analysis of how more than $1 billion dollars in spending by the Department of Veterans Affairs on “professional services” finds several instances of questionable spending in the form of millions for a national ad campaign and energy programs to make VA facilities more sustainable.

Taxpayers Pay for Poets to Travel to Antarctica

National Science Foundation Spends $31.5 Million for Antarctic ‘Artists and Writers’ Program
Horacio Lyon Flickr

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is spending tens of millions on its Antarctic “Artists and Writers” program, which includes taxpayer-funded trips for poets to visit the Southern Hemisphere.