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New Oversight Report Exposing Waste, Mismanagement at the National Science Foundation
U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) today released a new oversight report, “The National Science Foundation: Under the Microscope” that raises serious questions regarding the agency’s management and priorities. The report identifies more than $1.2 billion the National Science Foundation (NSF) has lost due to waste, fraud, duplication and mismanagement and an additional $1.7 billion in unspent funds.
Coburn, Levin to Hold Hearing on Tax Cheating Stimulus Contractors
More than $24 billion in stimulus funds went to contractors and grantees who owed the government hundreds of millions of dollars in tax debts, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). GAO identified 3,700 contractors and grantees who received stimulus funds, despite collectively owing the government $757 million in back taxes. The investigative report, which came at the request of Senators Tom Coburn, Carl Levin, Charles Grassley, Max Baucus and Orrin Hatch, will be released at a hearing tomorrow of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
Governor’s Cost-Cutting Plan To Be Signed Into Law
Gov. Mary Fallin’s proposal to modernize the state’s vendor payment system will be signed into law on Tuesday.
Education Reform: Facts and Fiction
Education reform has been a major part of this year’s session. Unfortunately, some individuals have attempted to mislead the public about those bills.
Bill Introduced to Limit Printing Costs at the Department of Defense
Today, U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) and Tom Carper (D-DE) introduced S.1021, a bill that would limit the amount expended by the Department of Defense for printing and reproduction costs, resulting in potential savings of $20 million.
WORKERS’ COMP BILL PASSES HOUSE
The full House gave overwhelming bipartisan approval today to a sweeping overhaul of the state workers’ compensation system.
Bill to Improve Kindergarten Preparedness
House Bill 1465 would move the cutoff date for pre-K and kindergarten eligibility from Sept. 1 to July 1. Under the bill, all children who are four years old by July 1 would be eligible for pre-K classes and children who are five years old by July 1 would be eligible for kindergarten.
Budget Plan, State House Redistricting Advance
An agreement has been reached to balance the state budget without raising taxes.
Addressing a $500 million shortfall, the plan relies primarily on budget cuts. However, the proposal also calls for streamlining some areas of government by consolidating several state agencies under the Office of State Finance, consolidating the state’s Internet Technology services, and moving the Human Rights Commission into the Attorney General’s Office.
Bill Introduced to Eliminate $5 Billion in Duplicate & Overlapping Government Programs
Today, U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) and Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced a bill that would require the Office or Management and Budget (OMB) and executive branch departments and agencies to reduce at least $5 billion in federal spendingby eliminating, consolidating, or streamlining government programs and agencies with duplicative and overlapping missions. The proposalreinforces the need for Congress to take immediate action to pass legislation that saves taxpayer dollars by cutting billions of dollars exposed in a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report as wasteful and duplicative spending.
Education Reforms Now Law
We have entered the final month of this year’s legislative session with much work still ahead of us. Finalizing this year’s state budget and redistricting are the primary tasks that remain. Progress on each is slowly occurring, and I will keep you updated as proposals are publicly advanced.
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