Congress Turns Spotlight to Government Waste

Hearing exposes billions in wasteful spending
Tom Coburn / AP

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform highlighted wasteful federal spending on Thursday, holding a hearing that cited numerous examples of the practice, but few successes in eliminating it.

Big, Bloated, and Bumbling

Department of Homeland Security scrutinized for bloated size, lack of preparation for sequestration
DHS Janet Napolitano / AP

The Department of Homeland Security came under fire at a congressional hearing on Tuesday morning for bloated payrolls, misleading statements about the sequestration, and failing to prepare adequately for the impending budget cuts.

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GAO report: TSA received 39,000 complaints between 2009 and 2012
AP

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) received more than 39,000 complaints related to its controversial screening methods between 2009 and 201,2 but the agency’s method for tracking and responding to complaints is flawed, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found.