Tom Coburn

  • Lankford: There shouldn’t be one federal wastebook. ‘There should be 535’

    Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) has cataloged some of the federal government’s spending on usual or duplicative programs through the annual release of “Federal Fumbles,” and says he’d like to see more oversight from Congress and agencies themselves.

  • Dr. Tom Coburn: Legislation reworks how FDA would approves drugs

    The 21st Century Cures Act is now wrapping up in Congress and headed to the President’s desk. It would profoundly change how the Food and Drug Administration goes about its principal work of approving drugs and medical devices. Dr. Tom Coburn, former Oklahoma senator and now a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin on the bill and its goals.

  • Lankford’s ‘wastebook’ report roasts legacy IT spending

    Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) rang in “wastebook” season on Monday by highlighting the offbeat side of government spending and addressing federal agency spending on legacy IT systems.

  • Federal wastebook targets year-end spending, $300K matchmaking study

    Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) continues where his predecessor former Sen. Tom Coburn left off. Lankford identified 100 examples of wasteful and fraudulent federal programs and processes in his first ever wastebook.

  • Melissa Hathaway, President, Hathaway Global Strategies

    Before leaving office, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) released a thorough study of the cybersecurity mission at the Homeland Security Department. Coburn says DHS is struggling to protect federal networks from intrusion. And he says its efforts at working with the private sector on cyber protection are sketchy. Melissa Hathaway, president of Hathaway Global Strategies, a former director of the Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force during the Bush Administration and a member of the National Security Council for President Barack Obama, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with reaction and some ideas for where DHS should go next.

  • Levin, Coburn leave legacy of bipartisanship, oversight

    Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) says “bipartisanship is not extinct” in his farewell speech to Congress. Wastebook author Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says oversight is a duty that many senators continue to ignore.

  • GAO raises concerns about quality of OPM official time data

    GAO finds discrepancies in OPM data on union-related work by federal employees. OPM admits that official time reporting is not a priority.

  • GAO: Agencies not using performance data to decide policy, budget changes

    In its new report, the Government Accountability Office found that agency managers aren’t using performance data to objectively determine the success of programs before making changes to their policies or budget.

  • Report blasts rabbit massages among gov’t waste

    ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A maverick Republican senator criticized faulty missile defenses, unneeded airports and golf course repairs among the projects completed on the taxpayers’ tab in his annual collection of billions…

  • DHS management chief nominee’s approach is data centric

    Russell Deyo sailed through his nomination hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday. He said the Homeland Security Department needs to consolidate financial management systems so it can use the data to make strategic decisions. The committee also heard from nominees for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and USPS Board of Governors.