Government Accountability Office

  • Veterans Home May 6

    US Senators Seek Probe of Veterans Homes After Virus Deaths

    A group of U.S. senators is seeking an investigation into the Department of Veterans Affairs’ oversight of homes for aging veterans amid a spate of coronavirus deaths at the state-run homes.

  • Donald Trump Dec 2, 2019

    Ballroom Dancers Say Immigration Clampdown Hurting Business

    When no Americans replied to her ads seeking a dance instructor, studio owner Chris Sabourin looked overseas. But she was stymied again by a federal tightening of visa application rules she and others contend is hampering the ballroom dance industry. Sabourin had to eventually give up after a year and thousands of dollars trying to hire a top ballroom dancer...

  • Donald Trump Nov 18, 2019

    Watchdog Report Warns 60% of Superfund Sites Vulnerable to Climate Change

    At least 60% of U.S. Superfund sites are in areas vulnerable to flooding or other worsening disasters of climate change, and the Trump administration’s reluctance to directly acknowledge global warming is deterring efforts to safeguard them, a congressional watchdog agency says. In a report being released Monday, the Government Accountability Office called on Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler to...

  • Donald Trump Oct 22, 2019

    More Choices and Stable Premiums for ‘Obamacare' Next Year

    Consumers will have more health insurance choices next year under the much-debated Obama health care law and premiums will dip slightly for many, the Trump administration announced Tuesday. President Donald Trump was elected on a promise to repeal “Obamacare.” But despite his repeated efforts the program has stabilized three years into his administration. That may be short-lived. The administration is...

  • Department of Defense Oct 4, 2019

    ICE Agents Violated Own Rules That Protect Immigrant Veterans

    Even though the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency has policies in place that can protect immigrant US veterans from deportation, NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit has learned that ICE officials have not regularly followed their own rules and failed to keep adequate records on veterans who are not citizens.

  • Congress Sep 6, 2019

    This Fix to Public Service Loan Forgiveness Hasn't Helped Very Much

    Even after a significant infusion of cash, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program is doing little in the way of forgiveness. Just 661 out of about 54,000 applicants, or roughly 1%, of loans have been discharged under the expanded program, a government report has found. “It’s not surprising,” said student loan expert Mark Kantrowitz. “The process is too complicated.”

  • Donald Trump Aug 27, 2019

    Greatest Head Count in US History Is Nearly Ready for Launch

    With just a few months left before America starts taking its biggest-ever self-portrait, the U.S. Census Bureau is grappling with a host of concerns about the head count, including how to ensure that it is secure and accurate and the challenge of getting most people to answer questions online. All of that is on top of the main attention-grabber of...

  • Donald Trump Jul 10, 2019

    US Focus on Mexican Border May Cost Resources in North, Gov't Finds

    Plans to reduce staffing shortages on the U.S. border with Canada could be hindered because the focus is on border security at the U.S. border with Mexico, according to a report by the federal Government Accountability Office. The U.S. Border Patrol, the agency responsible for securing the land border with Canada between ports and entry, and the Air and Marine...

  • driver Jul 9, 2019

    Activists Worry About Potential Abuse of Face Scans for ICE

    Civil rights activists complained Monday of the potential for widespread abuse following confirmation that at least three states have scanned millions of driver’s license photos on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement without the drivers’ knowledge or consent. Public records obtained by the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology provided the first proof that ICE had sought such scans,...

  • Congress May 17, 2019

    Government Audit: Carson's $40K Office Purchases Broke Law

    Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson violated the law when his department spent more than $40,000 to purchase a dining set and a dishwasher for his office’s executive dining room, government auditors concluded. In a report released Thursday, the Government Accountability Office said HUD failed to notify Congress before exceeding a $5,000 limit set by Congress to furnish or...

  • Donald Trump Apr 29, 2019

    Lawmakers Debate Future of Loan Relief for Public Workers

    In 2007, the U.S. government made a promise to public service workers: Make 10 years of payments on their federal student loans and any remaining debt would be erased. But officials have largely failed to deliver. And that’s left lawmakers questioning whether to end the program or try to fix it. The Trump administration and some Republican legislators see it...

  • Donald Trump Apr 12, 2019

    FCC to Hold Big 5G Auction, Spend $20B for Rural Internet

    The U.S. government will hold a massive auction later this year to bolster 5G service, the next generation of mobile networks. President Donald Trump showcased the announcement Friday, declaring that the race to stand up these faster, more powerful networks is a competition “America must win.” “We cannot allow any other country to outcompete the United States in this powerful...

  • Donald Trump Mar 28, 2019

    US Will Reassign Border Inspectors as Illegal Crossings Rise

    The Trump administration said will temporarily reassign 750 border inspectors to address the growing number of migrants arriving at the Mexican border, many of them Central American families who turn themselves in to authorities and seek asylum.

  • CHICAGO Mar 17, 2019

    Grieving Families Given Earth From Ethiopian Crash Site

    Grieving family members of victims of the Ethiopian air disaster are being given sacks of earth to bury in place of the remains of their loved ones. Officials have begun delivering bags of earth to family members of the 157 victims of the crash instead of the remains of their loved ones because the identification process is going to take...

  • CHICAGO Mar 15, 2019

    FAA's Close Ties to Boeing Questioned After 2 Deadly Crashes

    For more than six decades, the Federal Aviation Administration has relied on employees of airplane manufacturers to do government-required safety inspections as planes are being designed or assembled. But critics say the system, dubbed the “designee program,” is too cozy as company employees do work for an agency charged with keeping the skies safe while being paid by an industry...

  • injury Mar 1, 2019

    Veterans Exposed to Flaming Piles of Trash, Known as Military ‘Burn Pits,' Caught in Battle With VA to Receive Medical Care

    They survived war abroad, but now some veterans believe they’re slowly dying from exposure to military burn pits, which are flaming piles of garbage that emit known toxins. Investigative reporter Bigad Shaban reports in this story that originally aired on February 25, 2019.

  • Georgia Feb 21, 2019

    Confused? 3 Experts Explain Changes in Trump's Tax Law

    Tax preparation is rarely easy, but this filing season comes with a unique set of complications. It’s the first year people are filing under the massive overhaul to tax law put in place by Congress in late 2017. Tax season also kicked off days after a partial government shutdown. Still, some taxpayers are feeling a bit confused. The Associated Press...

  • Congress Feb 20, 2019

    A Look at the Impact of the New Tax Law

    The first tax filing season under the new federal tax law is proving to be surprising for many Americans. Here’s a look at how some of the changes are playing out.

  • Donald Trump Feb 20, 2019

    US Mining Sites Dump 50M Gallons of Fouled Wastewater Daily

    Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding lakes and streams without being treated, The Associated Press has found. That torrent is poisoning aquatic life and tainting drinking water sources in Montana, California, Colorado, Oklahoma and at...

  • Georgia Feb 19, 2019

    I Owe How Much? Americans Shocked by Impact of New Tax Law

    The first tax filing season under the new federal tax law is proving to be surprising, confusing — and occasionally frightening — for some Americans, especially those accustomed to getting money back from the government. Take Andy Kraft and Amy Elias of Portland, Oregon. The couple had grown comfortable getting a small refund each year, a few hundred dollars or...

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