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Bankrupting America Releases Episode Two of “The Government”

September 9, 2013

Bankrupting America, a project of Public Notice, today released episode two of “The Government,” the web series featuring a federal agency trying any way it can to eat up its funds in hopes of a bigger budget for the next fiscal year.

Pentagon Takes ‘Use It Or Lose It’ Approach To Funds

August 9, 2013

The “use it or lose it” mentality critics say is infecting federal agencies stands in stark contrast to the budget reality, where cuts and sequestration have become the norm. …For its rushed spending at the end of the year to eat up funds, the Defense Department wins this week’s Golden Hammer, a Washington Times distinction given to examples of waste, fraud and abuse. But it isn’t the only culpable agency. Nor is it the only one suffering from the “use it or lose it” mentality.

Debt-Flicks: Never Say Never Again

July 30, 2013

Despite military leaders insisting they had “no choice” but to move forward with sequester furloughs, it seems they found a way to “scrimp” together enough savings to avoid future furlough days

Debt-Flicks: The Town

July 11, 2013

The spend-it-or-lose-it mentality is as popular as ever in Washington, and now that we’re in the fourth quarter, you can be sure the wasteful expenditures are just getting started.

Debt-Flicks: Waste Land – Pt. 2

July 10, 2013

How many furloughed Department of Defense (DOD) employees could be spared with $34 million? That’s a good question for DOD, which is reported to have built a nicely appointed 64,000 square foot facility in Afghanistan for just that amount. Commanders in the area didn’t want it, didn’t use it and are embarrassed by it. DOD should take a long, hard look at how its money is being spent now and find a smart way to cut back.

No Smart Way? Vacancy Edition

May 2, 2013

While Washington insists there is “no smart way” to cut $85 billion, they’re spending $1.7 billion annually to maintain vacant federal government office buildings.