Costly defense doesn’t protect ground troops

Freedom New Mexico The Government Accountability Office has issued yet another study documenting gross overspending and underproduction in Pentagon weapons systems. The GAO has been doing these studies and making recommendations for the past six years, followed by promises from the Pentagon and defense contractors to improve. But the problems have not gotten better. If […]

Domenici responds to GAO

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman today asserted that a new Governmental Accountability Office (GAO) report affirms that the Air Force used the correct analysis and made the right decision to locate an Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) mission at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico           The GAO-initiated report, […]

GAO: Cannon may receive fewer planes, people than planned

Freedom New Mexico Staff Military officials are considering sending fewer planes and personnel to Cannon Air Force Base than originally planned, according to a report released last week by the Government Accountability Office. “AFSOC originally projected that about 5,700 personnel would be moved to Cannon by the end of fiscal year 2010. However, because of […]

Federal report: Cannon projections optimistic

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico A report released last week by the Government Accountability Office indicates personnel and plane numbers for Cannon Air Force Base’s Special Operations mission may not be as high as military officials originally predicted. But local officials, as well as the state’s Congressional delegation, said there’s nothing problematic for Cannon […]

Watchdog office’s unionization will build partisanship

By Freedom New Mexico Much of what most Americans know about Washington’s wasteful ways, they know because of the Government Accountability Office (formerly the General Accounting Office), an apolitical arm of Congress that audits and investigates federal agencies and activities. But whether GAO will remain the credible, nimble, relatively objective and independent watchdog it’s been, […]

Localizing relief would provide better disaster aid

Editorial I t’s a good thing that, in defiance of most of the predictions and of all the alarmists who tried to link nasty hurricanes to global warming, we had a relatively mild hurricane season this year. If the Federal Emergency Management Agency had been called upon to deal with a disaster this year, it […]

Disabled veterans program mismanaged

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Department of Veterans Affairs mismanages its program for rating disabled veterans as “unemployable,” according to a new report by congressional auditors. Because of weak oversight of Individual Unemployability (IU) benefits, some veterans get more compensation than warranted, and the VA is ineffective in moving seriously disabled veterans toward productive […]

Service members should be better informed

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Editor’s note: Military Update will move to Tuesdays beginning next week. Many service members are not well informed about their hodgepodge of pays, allowances, benefits and tax breaks and therefore don’t recognize and appreciate the real worth of their compensation packages. The observation is made in a Government Accountability Office […]

Terror warnings may do more harm than good

Freedom Editorial It is difficult to argue with Randall Yim, head of the Government Accountability Office’s home land security division. Recent terrorism threat warnings from the Department of Homeland Security have not been helpful and might even be counterproductive. As Yim put it, “They didn’t say what was new and they didn’t suggest any additional […]