County’s fiscal watchdog sues county and police department to get access

By   /  April 23, 2015  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Finances, Government Waste, Local Government, Local News, Misuse of funds, News, Pennsylvania, Politics & Elections, Transparency, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments


Police in Allegheny County say there’s no need for an auditor to keep tabs on how they’re spending the public’s money.
While she’s confident she has that authority, a judge will now decide.

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Are you transgender? Vermont Agency of Education wants to know

By   /  April 15, 2015  /  Education, News, Vermont, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments


As the governor and Legislature weigh cuts to close a $113 million budget gap, the Vermont Agency of Education is spending more than $23,000 to find out if Vermont school kids as young as 10 are transgender, among other things.

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Vermont School Boards Association exec: What consolidation means for schools

By   /  March 17, 2015  /  Education, Issues, News, Vermont, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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As the House Education Committee’s consolidation bill gets ready to move over to the Senate, Vermonters are wondering what statewide restructuring would mean for schools and school boards. Stephen Dale, executive director of the Vermont School Boards Association, explains.

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Federal clerks provide inaccurate info on court documents

By   /  March 17, 2015  /  Colorado, judicial accountability, Judiciary, Misuse of funds, Transparency, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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Federal law clearly says that payment vouchers to outside attorneys acting as public defenders should be available to the taxpayers who pay those bills — especially after all legal appeals are exhausted.

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SBA loans support luxurious lifestyles, burden taxpayers

By   /  March 16, 2015  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Government Waste, News, Transparency, Vermont, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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The Small Business Administration is the federal agency that helps “little guy” businesses get loans they couldn’t get through traditional lenders. Or so the story goes.

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SBA doesn’t track some state-by-state loan default rates

By   /  March 12, 2015  /  Government Waste, Mississippi, National, News, Transparency, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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The Small Business Administration apparently doesn’t keep tabs on the rate of loan defaults on some of its loan programs.

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