Most of the federal scientists who improperly accepted personal money from drug or biotechnology companies walked away with reprimands or were allowed to retire unscathed. Only 2 of the 44 scientists found to have violated rules governing private con
Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root charged millions to the government for recreational services never provided to U.S. troops in Iraq
U.S. lawmakers, under pressure to respond to a series of recent scandals, announced a bipartisan agreement on Friday to better enable the public to track billions of dollars in grants and contracts awarded each year by Congress.
Former Gov. George Ryan, who was acclaimed by capital punishment foes for suspending executions in Illinois and emptying out death row, was sentenced to 6 1/2 years behind bars in the corruption scandal that ruined his political career.
The same people who are killing children in Iraq and Lebanon are killing children here at home. The morphing of family services into profit centers for corruption.
A Senate committee said it would not vote this year on another term for Kenneth Tomlinson to oversee U.S.-backed international TV and radio services, following a government report that said he used the office for personal gain.
Federal agents raided the offices of at least six Alaska lawmakers in a search for any ties between the legislators and a large oil field services company, officials said. The offices of Senate President Ben Stevens, R-Anchorage; Kohring; Rep. Bruce
Senator "Tubes" Stevens who is responsible for putting the hold on the Coburn-Obama bill requiring public disclosure and accountability for federal spending
In a little-noticed decision unsealed on August 18, US District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III overturned a $10 million fraud verdict against Custer Battles LLC, on the many crony conquistadors who gorged on the vast porkfest know as "Iraqi reconstr
The Rigsbys spent months collecting reams of internal State Farm reports, memos, e-mails and claims records. The sisters managed teams of State Farm adjusters, say the insurer defrauded policyholders by manipulating engineers' reports so that cla
In an ironic twist, legislation that would open up the murky world of government contracting to public scrutiny has been derailed by a secret parliamentary maneuver.
Analysis of the nation’s biggest mergers over the last 12 months indicates that the securities of 41% of the companies receiving buyout bids exhibited abnormal and suspicious trading in the days and weeks before those deals became public.
A judge in Kentucky dismissed corruption charges against Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher on Thursday after he acknowledged failing to respect the state's merit hiring laws in a plea agreement.
A U.S. Army Reserve officer pleaded guilty to improperly steering millions of dollars in Iraq reconstruction contracts as part of a conspiracy involving kickbacks, smuggling and sexual favors. Lt. Col. Bruce Hopfengardner admited taking part in the s
A U.S. diplomat was charged with accepting trips with exotic dancers, jewelry and entertainment in exchange for issuing visas to 21 people linked to an international jewel distributor. U.S. Foreign Service officer Michael O'Keefe
The Justice Department has told Fannie Mae that it does not plan to seek criminal charges against the company, an important step for the District-based mortgage funding giant as it tries to move beyond a multibillion-dollar accounting scandal.
Donors who pledge to give at least $100,000 get invitations to private luncheons with the governor. And many are beneficiaries of government business, plum appointments and other state largesse.
Washington lobbying firms, trade associations and corporate offices are moving to hire more well-connected Democrats in response to rising prospects that the opposition party will wrest control of at least one chamber of Congress from Republicans in
New Jersey's attorney general resigned after a special prosecutor concluded that she violated state ethics laws in an incident involving her boyfriend and a traffic stop. Zulima Farber, the state's top ranking law enforcement official, showed
The federal program that provides legal help to poor Americans turns away half of its applicants for lack of resources. But that hasn't stopped its executives from lavishing expensive meals, chauffeur-driven cars and foreign trips on themselves.
Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., last year refunded a $3,000 check he got in 1999 from a Texas friend, Ben Barnes, after a public interest group revealed it was improper. Now he's paid Barnes more than $1,600 in interest, according to recent filings with
In 1992, Brent R. Wilkes rented a suite at the Hyatt Hotel a few blocks from the Capitol. In his briefcase was a stack of envelopes for a half-dozen congressmen, each packet containing up to $10,000 in checks. Mr. Wilkes had set up separate meetings
8 months after former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham confessed to taking massive bribes in exchange for providing at least $230 million in questionable defense and intelligence contracts, the Defense Department inspector general still has not determine
2 congressmen said someone at the Interior Department may have deliberately removed provisions from offshore drilling contracts, giving oil companies a multibillion-dollar windfall. The department refused to provide critical e-mails and docume
Majority Leader Bill Frist hasn't been following all the Senate's rules when it comes to disclosing details about his finances. Frist and his wife are the sole trustees in charge of a family foundation bearing the senator's name, accor
My Online Journal article on Dov Zakheim, former Bush appointee as Pentagon Comptroller from May 4, 2001 to March, 10, 2004. At that time he was unable to explain the disappearance of $1 trillion dollars. Actually nearly 3 years earliler, Donald Ru
The State Department agency in charge of $1.4 billion in reconstruction money in Iraq used an accounting shell game to hide ballooning cost overruns on its projects there and knowingly withheld information on schedule delays from Congress.
The multibillion-dollar surge in federal contracting to bolster the nation's domestic defenses in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has been marred by extensive waste and misspent funds, according to a new bipartisan congressional report.
[KBR] Lawmakers say that since the Homeland Security Department's formation in 2003, an explosion of no-bid deals and a critical shortage of trained government contract managers have created a system prone to abuse. Based on a comprehensive surve
American Indians suing the government over billions of dollars in lost royalties say they are contemplating an offer by members of Congress to resolve their lawsuit for $8 billion. Considerably lower than the $27.5 billion plaintiffs offered to settl