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Congress: D.C. Budget Autonomy Referendum Invalid

The investigative arm of Congress says a referendum passed by District of Columbia voters to give the city more control over its own budget has “no legal effect.”

01/30/2014

About 3,000 TSA agents are specially trained to spot suspicious behavior. (Getty Images)

Report: TSA Behavioral Screening Program Deeply Flawed

WASHINGTON (CBS DC) - A Congressional report is questioning the efficacy of one of the Transportation Security Administration’s centerpiece programs. Since 2007, he TSA has spent nearly a billion dollars training officers to pick out bad […]

11/14/2013

Law enforcement personnel respond to a reported shooting at the Washington Navy Yard September 16, 2013. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Report: Federal Facilities Guards Not Trained For Situations Like Navy Yard Shooting

Contract guards who protect federal buildings have received uneven and inconsistent training on responding to shootings like the one last month at the Washington Navy Yard, according to a government watchdog report released Wednesday.

10/30/2013

President Barack Obama walks alongside Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius arrive to speak about the Affordable Care Act, as well as the government shutdown in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 1, 2013. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama Administration Shrugged Off GAO Report That Timely Marketplace Rollouts Could Not Be Guaranteed

The pressure is on for the federal government and states running their own health insurance exchanges to get the systems up and running after overloaded websites and jammed phone lines frustrated consumers for a second day as they tried to sign up for coverage using the new marketplaces.

10/03/2013

Enrollment Specialist Horacio Castaneda, left, helps Rosa Ayala Cruz, right, apply for health benefits at the Denver Health Westside Family Health Center on Oct. 1, 2013 in Denver. (credit: Chris Schneider/Getty Images)

Insurance Manager: ‘We Have Yet To Have Someone Successfully Register On The Marketplace’

Overloaded websites and jammed phone lines frustrated consumers for a second day as they tried to sign up for health insurance under the nation’s historic health care overhaul.

10/03/2013

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has identified a series of duplicated tech investments totaling nearly $321 million in possibly wasted spending from three federal agencies. (Getty images)

Study: $321M In Wasted Tech Spending

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has identified a series of duplicated tech investments totaling nearly $321 million in possibly wasted spending from three federal agencies.

09/15/2013

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Nation’s Bloated Nuclear Spending Comes Under Fire

At Los Alamos National Laboratory, a seven-year, $213 million upgrade to the security system that protects the lab’s most sensitive nuclear bomb-making facilities doesn’t work.

09/13/2013

American voters overwhelmingly oppose undercutting President Barack Obama’s signature health care law by shutting down the federal government – a percentage gap of 72 percent to 22 percent. (MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/GettyImages)

‘Obamacare’ Contractors Project Confidence Ahead Of Oct. 1 Deadline

Major contractors hooking up the internal plumbing of President Barack Obama’s health care law projected confidence Tuesday that they will be ready to go by an Oct. 1 deadline, even though the system is still being tested.

09/10/2013

File photo of U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/GettyImages)

Serious Flaws in Locating MIA Soldiers, Officials Want Answers

An emerging picture of serious flaws in the Pentagon’s approach to finding and identifying U.S. missing-in-action troops is discouraging and “moving rapidly toward disgraceful,” the nation’s top military officer said Thursday.

07/18/2013

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Foreign Aid Groups Urge Obama Administration To Send Cash, Not Food, Overseas

The White House will not say whether Obama’s budget proposal, scheduled to come out next week, will seek to change the way foreign food aid is distributed. But food aid groups, farm groups and their allies in Congress are preparing for the possibility.

04/05/2013