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The Pentagon spent $5.6 billion in 2010 on special pay incentives for active-duty service members, including $1.2 billion for enlistment and re-enlistment bonuses. Read more»

As a candidate in 2008, President Obama drew thousands of campaign contributions under $200. Democratic bundlers say it’s unlikely he can count on so many small donations for his re-election.

The Obama administration is considering an executive order that would require government contractors to disclose political contributions and expenditures. Read more» 1

The IRS’ data on tax shelters are limited, and since the schemes are constantly changing to avoid detection, it presents a constant enforcement issue for the agency. Read more»

The Department of State, which received more $1 billion for international counter-narcotics programs last year, doesn’t have a central database to track its anti-drug programs. Read more»

At least 3,700 Recovery Act recipients owe more than $750 million in taxes, despite receiving a $24 billion handout from the federal government. An analysis by the Government Accountability Office found that almost 5 percent of the 80,000 Recovery Act recipients had significant tax debt. Read more»

The IRS cannot accurately track and account for the $5.8 billion in home energy credits in more than 6.8 million individuals in 2009. Read more»

Over the past decade, emergency room visits have increased by 11 percent

Over the past decade, emergency room visits have increased by 11 percent. In 2007, there were approximately 117 million visits to emergency rooms and the number could rise even higher as more people obtain health coverage under the health care reform law. Read more»

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two takes off on its first test flight on March 22, 2010, at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California.

The Federal Aviation Administration is spending more, is planning to increase staff by 45 percent and is allotting an additional $5 million for its space incentives award program Read more»

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s school meal program scores an A-plus for its strict safety standards for raw beef, but it gets sub-par grades for not testing other foods. Read more»

U.S. Marine Corporal Luis Molina uses a biometric optical device to obtain a retina scan from an Iraqi civilian in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2006. The Pentagon is under fire for not having devices compatible with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, hampering efforts to identify security threats.

Not having uniform standards for face, fingerprint, iris and palm print records is proving a detriment to U.S. security. Read more»

The second tower collapses at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Since the attacks, the FBI has tried to build itself into a more intelligence-driven agency.

A full decade after the deadly 9/11 attacks, the FBI is still struggling to become an intelligence-driven agency able to identify and act on potential threats. Despite bolstering staff and units, using agency experts to their full capacity has been an ongoing problem. Read more»

The cost of health insurance for active duty and retired military personnel has increased from $19 billion in 2001 to $49 billion in 2010. The health care program, called TRICARE, accounts for almost 9 percent of the Pentagon's total budget. Read more»

As outside spending to influence elections soared in 2010, the federal agency charged with enforcing election laws handed out some of the smallest penalties in its three-decade history. Read more»

While policymakers debate how to keep Social Security solvent over the long-term, a Government Accountability Office report says there could be unintended consequences by raising the earliest eligible retirement age. Read more»