The federal stimulus is the program that keeps on giving -- examples of taxpayer waste, that is.
Investigators inside the Transportation Department offer the latest example of problematic Recovery Act spending from three states that misspent about $125 million in highway repair money - roughly 12 percent of the $1 billion that Pennsylvania, Florida, and Michigan received.
Federal Aviation Administration safety inspectors are doing a poor job of policing aircraft repair facilities, leaving passengers vulnerable to risks such as faulty parts, the U.S. Transportation Department's internal watchdog has found.
The new warning comes five years after similar concerns were raised about FAA's ability to oversee aircraft repairs, and the latest review found little has changed.
While helping to clean up America, the Environmental Protection Agency didn't always buy American.
Investigators for the EPA inspector general found foreign-made steel pipes in a stimulus-funded project in President Obama's home state of Illinois that violated federal regulations, and now they want taxpayers' money back. But the agency is resisting demanding a refund.
If an Environmental Protection Agency workers went on a spending spree, investigators will find out soon.
Government inspectors are looking at the EPA's purchase card and convenience check programs to make sure agency workers have been making taxpayer funded purchases correctly and on things that are needed for the agency to conduct its business. Investigators noted the review is not in response to any specific tips or concerns, but is a required routine check-up.
Despite receiving billions of dollars through a federal bailout, mortgage giant Freddie Mac continues to ignore its customers when they lodge serious complaints about fraud or rule-breaking, leaving taxpayers potentially exposed to new threats, investigators warn.
Between Oct. 2011 and Nov. 2012, Freddie Mac and its eight largest loan servicers received more than 34,000 serious complaints. Also called “escalated cases,” they cover customers who accuse Freddie Mac of fraud, lawsuits designed to intimidate home owners and other inappropriate conduct.
Some troops serving in Afghanistan faced unnecessary increased risks to their safety because the Air Force poorly managed construction projects, an internal Defense Department investigation has found.
The Air Force Center for Engineering and Environment (AFCEE) wasted $36.9 million and put military personnel at Camps Bastion and Leatherneck at risk because they didn’t keep a close enough eye on the contractors hired to complete the tasks, the Pentagon inspector general reported.
The Veterans Affairs Department has been routinely transmitting veterans' personal data -- including medical information and Social Security numbers -- over unsecured Internet connections, leaving the information vulnerable to hacking and fraud, according to an internal watchdog that faults the agency for violating the government's own security requirements.
The Environmental Protection Agency is running a $16.4 million deficit in its lead-based paint oversight, a report from the agency's internal watchdog said, a poisonous situation stemming from the agency's failure to measure what its program is costing.
The Veterans Affairs Department has spent $273 million trying to go from paper to digital claims, but it's off to a bumpy start. In fact, veterans claims sent digitally are being processed more slowly than the traditional way.
That's the finding of a new investigative report by the VA's inspector general that provides a stark looks at the flaws in a project that was supposed to speed, not slow, veterans' benefits.