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Transparency will be embarrassing, Stimulus inspector says

July 17, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After 10 years as inspector general of the Interior Department, Earl Devaney is on leave to head up the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, an oversight panel set up to put details of the $787 billion economic stimulus spending online by Oct. 10 and otherwise prevent waste, fraud and abuse...

Analysts debate consequences of a $1 trillion deficit

November 3, 2008 Back when a trillion was an unimaginably large number, President Reagan confided that he was having trouble comprehending how much a trillion dollars was: "And the best I could come up with is that if you had a stack of thousand-dollar bills in your hand only 4 inches high, you'd...

Questions surround stadium security for Obama speech

August 28, 2008 Shhhhh! Want to know a secret about the Big Speech at Invesco Field? Barack Obama's acceptance of the nomination in front of more than 75,000 people, billed as "one of the most secure events in American history" won't be much more secure than a big sporting event or rock concert....

Authorities play down plot against Obama

August 27, 2008 U.S. Attorney Troy Eid on Tuesday dismissed reports of a plot to assassinate Barack Obama, calling threats made by two men held on drug and weapons charges "racist rantings" by two people "high on meth" and "not a credible threat" to the senator from Illinois. The threats, according to authorities,...

Security glitch slows early arrivals at Democratic convention

August 25, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow DENVER - Security for the Democratic National Convention got off to an inauspicious start Saturday as news media and convention staff endured an hours-long bottleneck at the single gate, manned by the Secret Service and the Denver police, allowing entry into the secured area around the Pepsi Center. Comment on...

Security glitch slows early arrivals at Democratic convention

August 25, 2008 DENVER -- Security for the Democratic National Convention got off to an inauspicious start Saturday as news media and convention staff endured an hours-long bottleneck at the single gate, manned by the Secret Service and the Denver police, allowing entry into the secured area around the Pepsi Center. The problems...

Bipartisan Prospects

November 28, 2006 Democrats will return to the 20-year-old Iran-Contra scandal when Congress takes up the nomination of Robert Gates -- a top CIA official at the time and now the Defense secretary designee. The secret plan to finance the Nicaraguan rebels with the proceeds of arms sales to the Islamic regime in...

University denied federal funds to replace hospitals damaged by Katrina

April 3, 2006 It's a common dilemma for Hurricane Katrina victims -- repair or replace? The task of re-establishing basic health care for the poor in New Orleans is complicated by the fact that some hospitals were substandard and underfunded before Katrina. Instead of trying to reopen two hospitals closed by hurricane damage,...

Government operating under a revenue cloud

October 4, 2002 In making a newly urgent case for restraining federal spending, the White House's top budget official is warning that this year's dramatic drop in government revenue has one ominous distinction. It was already clear that the costs of the war on terrorism and sharp increases in other spending were going...

How government plays the budget game

September 30, 2002 Not so long ago, the toughest day of the year for a CEO usually came in the spring, when publicly traded companies typically hold their annual meetings. In most states, anyone owning a single share of a multibillion-dollar company can attend the meeting and question the CEO directly. Veteran public-relations...

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