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An epic tale of Pentagon waste, doctored books

An epic tale of Pentagon waste, doctored books

Linda Woodford spent the last 15 years of her career inserting phony numbers in the U.S. Department of Defense’s accounts. Every month until she retired in 2011, she says, the day came when the Navy would start dumping numbers on the Cleveland, Ohio, office of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, the Pentagon’s main accounting […]

Anonymous hackers breaching government computers

Anonymous hackers breaching government computers

Activist hackers linked to the collective known as Anonymous have secretly accessed U.S. government computers in multiple agencies and stolen sensitive information in a campaign that began almost a year ago, the FBI warned this week. The hackers exploited a flaw in Adobe Systems Inc’s software to launch a rash of electronic break-ins that began […]

Hagel: Budget cuts threaten America’s security

Hagel: Budget cuts threaten America’s security

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sounded an alarm bell Saturday about budget cuts he said threaten America’s security and global military role, while “gambling” over the risk of an unexpected threat. The cuts, which amount to nearly $1 trillion for the Department of Defense (DoD) over a decade, were “too steep, too deep and too abrupt,” […]

Obamacare website upgrade this weekend?

Obamacare website upgrade this weekend?

The Obama administration hopes to upgrade the performance of its faltering HealthCare.gov website this weekend by adding new capacity just two weeks before a crucial deadline for having it running smoothly, a presidential adviser said on Friday. “We will be bringing additional servers online, as well as additional database capacity and data storage. With these […]

Official warned in July that HeathCare.gov would ‘crash’

Official warned in July that HeathCare.gov would ‘crash’

Almost three months before the botched launch of HealthCare.gov, a U.S. health official expressed frustration with a main contractor working on the website, fearing quality assurance issues could “crash the plane at take-off,” according to government documents obtained by Reuters. The documents were released by Republican investigators with the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce […]

Another sex scandal rocks the Secret Service

Another sex scandal rocks the Secret Service

More than 18 months after a prostitution scandal in South America rocked the Secret Service, the agency in charge of protecting the president is investigating another case of suspected sexual misconduct in its ranks. This time, two supervisory agents assigned to President Barack Obama’s protective detail have been investigated for misconduct involving sexually suggestive emails […]

Mounting woes for problem-plagued Obamacare debacle

Mounting woes for problem-plagued Obamacare debacle

A tiny fraction of the hoped-for millions have signed up for insurance under President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, the government said on Wednesday, highlighting the scale of problems bedeviling Obama’s biggest domestic policy achievement. The law also confronted its most threatening legislative challenge since enactment in 2010, with Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley agreeing to […]