-This article was originally published at Hot Air.
Who is Shaun Donovan?
Recently confirmed by the Senate to head the White House’s budget office, Donovan at first appears to be a typical bureaucrat. He has held the position of Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) since 2009, and has now been promoted to one of the highest offices in the U.S. bureaucracy.
However, a look at Donovan’s tenure at HUD and his lack of knowledge about America’s fiscal circumstances shows that the Senate should have opposed his nomination. Instead, a majority of Republicans and every voting Democrat ignored Donovan’s ignorance about the federal budget and entitlements, as well as probable fraud at HUD under his leadership.
How little does Donovan know? Consider what Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, the Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, said on the Senate floor in opposition to Donovan’s nomination. Sessions noted, per Donovan’s written testimony to the Senate Budget Committee, that Donovan has “not written any papers or given any talks or lectures that specifically lay out a comprehensive plan for Medicare or Social Security.”
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-The article was originally published at National Review.
-News on improper payments is good, if you don’t count a third of the government.
The Obama administration is trying to spin more than $100 billion in improper payments into good news for taxpayers.
Each year, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) releases a report on the amount of federal outlays that qualify as “improper payments.” In this year’s report, which shows $105.8 billion in improper payments, the American taxpayer can find a little bit of good news, from a narrow point of view — and bad news from pretty much every other.
White House Deputy Budget Director Beth Cobert gave Congress the good news last week: a nearly 13-percent decline in the dollar figure for improper payments since Obama’s second year in office.
As reported by Fox News, Cobert testified that, “agencies recovered more than $22 billion in overpayments last year. The amount of improper payments has steadily dropped since 2010, when it peaked at $121 billion.” The White House’s PaymentAccuracy.gov website also tried to spin these results as praise-worthy improvements.