8 hrs ago
The Washington Post
Confirmation for No. 2 at Homeland Security moves ahead
Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security Committee have decided to push ahead with confirmation of President Obama's nominee for the No.
14 hrs ago
The News Journal
Report: Yellen vote may be next week
The Senate will vote as soon as next week and no later than this month to confirm Janet Yellen as chairman of the Federal Reserve, a Senate Democratic aide said Thursday.
Thu Dec 05, 2013
U.S. Education Department hits the Vegas Strip
This week at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, the U.S. Department of Education spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to host a conference on federal student aid programs, spurning a call from a Republican Senator to cancel the 2013 Federal Student Aid conference as a way to save money in the face of automatic budget cuts from ... (more)
Wed Dec 04, 2013
Homeland Security at risk of computer breach
Created to safeguard the nation, the Department of Homeland Security is instead having difficulty ensuring its own computers are protected from hacking and cybersecurity breaches, a new report says.
The Daily Caller
Budget negotiators should pick the low-hanging fruit
When the government shutdown ended on October 16, Congress was given the opportunity to produce an agreement on the fiscal year 2014 Budget Resolution by December 13. But the odds are against a "grand bargain," as it is likely that the negotiations will once again stall on the issue of raising taxes or cutting entitlements.
Great news: IRS hasn't got sufficient anti-fraud protection on ObamaCare systems
If you liked the security holes in the basic Healthcare.gov system that has experts warning consumers to stay away from the web portal, you'll love what the IRS will have when their ObamaCare system goes on line.
Tue Dec 03, 2013
What Message Is The Government Sending With Serious Cyber-Vulnerabilities At Homeland Security?
A new report from its own Inspector General notes that the US Department of Homeland Security - the government division ostensibly responsible for ensuring cybersecurity throughout the nation - itself suffers from serious cyber-vulnerabilities.
How broken is the Social Security Disability Insurance program?
It is no secret that the Social Security Disability Insurance program is broken.
Mon Dec 02, 2013
Oklahoma Watch: Effectiveness of Oklahoma marriage initiative is questioned by some
For the past dozen years, Oklahoma government and groups have spent more than $70 million in federal money on a marriage program originally aimed at reducing the state's high divorce rate in hopes of fighting poverty.
Route 66 News
Senator wants to abolish Route 66 Corridor Program
The National Park Service administers the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, which provides $286,000 annually in grants "to support the preservation of the most significant and representative historic Route 66 buildings, structures, road segments, and cultural landscapes in the eight states through which the route passes."
Coburn Blasts Homeland Security IT Weaknesses
Sen. Tom Coburn on Monday criticized the Department of Homeland Security after a new report showed significant information technology vulnerabilities at the agency.
Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn talks cancer, health care, leaving Congress
Coburn says he has a rare type of prostate cancer and that he has given a lot of thought to whether he wants to stay in the Senate for the next three years.
The Daily Free Press
Humanities see dip in funding, but not interest
U.S. universities such as Boston University have seen a steady decline in financing for humanities research since 2009, according to a Sunday New York Times article, and some students said this drop undermines the importance of the field.
Sat Nov 30, 2013
Obama faces new pressure to bolster HIV/AIDS funding
With the international community set to mark the 25th annual observance of World Aids Day next week, President Obama is facing renewed pressure from U.S. lawmakers and activists to take In his State of the Union address in February, President Obama talked about his goal for an AIDS-free generation.
Thu Nov 28, 2013
Golden Hammer: Autism research gets federal aid not once, but twice
In the sometimes disorganized and overlapping world of the federal government, different agencies will occasionally end up paying for the same thing, leading to double the cost to taxpayers - or more.
Filibusters and Indian country
The United States Senate is a curious institution. It's not democratic. It's not representative.
Wed Nov 27, 2013
News9 Oklahoma City
Divorce Rate Increases Despite Oklahoma Marriage Initiative
Oklahoma has spent tens of millions of tax dollars in the last decade on a program to strengthen families and family values, but there's scant evidence to show if it's had any impact.
Tue Nov 26, 2013
High Country News
The national park popularity contest
Should the National Park Service take Sen. Tom Coburn's advice? In a 208-page report released Oct. 29, the Republican from Oklahoma blames the agency's financial troubles on lawmakers who designate pet parks to boost their popularity back home.
Mon Nov 25, 2013
Janet Yellen clears Senate Banking Committee; Democrat Joe Manchin votes against
Janet Yellen cleared a key hurdle to becoming the next chairman of the Federal Reserve on Thursday morning, receiving approval from the Senate Banking Committee .