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« Reply #50 on: October 05, 2016, 03:22:14 PM »

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« Reply #51 on: December 12, 2016, 09:32:40 AM »

Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste
By Craig Whitlock and Bob Woodward
December 5, 2016

The Pentagon has buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste, according to findings by The Washington Post. (Victoria Walker/The Washington Post)

The Pentagon has buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations amid fears Congress would use the findings as an excuse to slash the defense budget, according to interviews and confidential memos obtained by The Washington Post.

Pentagon leaders had requested the study to help make their enormous back-office bureaucracy more efficient and reinvest any savings in combat power. But after the project documented far more wasteful spending than expected, senior defense officials moved swiftly to kill it by discrediting and suppressing the results.

The report, issued in January 2015, identified “a clear path” for the Defense Department to save $125 billion over five years. The plan would not have required layoffs of civil servants or reductions in military personnel. Instead, it would have streamlined the bureaucracy through attrition and early retirements, curtailed high-priced contractors and made better use of information technology.

The study was produced last year by the Defense Business Board, a federal advisory panel of corporate executives, and consultants from McKinsey and Company. Based on reams of personnel and cost data, their report revealed for the first time that the Pentagon was spending almost a quarter of its $580 billion budget on overhead and core business operations such as accounting, human resources, logistics and property management.

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« Reply #52 on: December 12, 2016, 10:09:53 AM »

Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste
By Craig Whitlock and Bob Woodward
December 5, 2016

The Pentagon has buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste, according to findings by The Washington Post. (Victoria Walker/The Washington Post)

The Pentagon has buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations amid fears Congress would use the findings as an excuse to slash the defense budget, according to interviews and confidential memos obtained by The Washington Post.

Pentagon leaders had requested the study to help make their enormous back-office bureaucracy more efficient and reinvest any savings in combat power. But after the project documented far more wasteful spending than expected, senior defense officials moved swiftly to kill it by discrediting and suppressing the results.

The report, issued in January 2015, identified “a clear path” for the Defense Department to save $125 billion over five years. The plan would not have required layoffs of civil servants or reductions in military personnel. Instead, it would have streamlined the bureaucracy through attrition and early retirements, curtailed high-priced contractors and made better use of information technology.

The study was produced last year by the Defense Business Board, a federal advisory panel of corporate executives, and consultants from McKinsey and Company. Based on reams of personnel and cost data, their report revealed for the first time that the Pentagon was spending almost a quarter of its $580 billion budget on overhead and core business operations such as accounting, human resources, logistics and property management.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/pentagon-buries-evidence-of-125-billion-in-bureaucratic-waste/2016/12/05/e0668c76-9af6-11e6-a0ed-ab0774c1eaa5_story.html?utm_term=.b0bf7daf1089
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« Reply #53 on: December 15, 2016, 04:40:02 AM »

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« Reply #54 on: April 10, 2017, 06:53:39 PM »

Watchdog calls out HUD for $500B-plus in accounting 'errors'
By  Brooke Singman   
Published April 10, 2017
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Everybody makes mistakes – but this could be an accounting error for the ages.

An inspector general audit has identified more than $500 billion in "errors corrected" in the notes and financial statements for the Department of Housing and Urban Development under the Obama administration.

According to the report released in March, HUD reissued financial statements for fiscal 2015 and 2016 "due to pervasive material errors that we identified." Those errors were contained in a November filing.

"The total amounts of errors corrected in HUD’s notes and consolidated financial statements were $516.4 billion and $3.4 billion, respectively," the IG said. 

The office also noted other circumstances that apparently made it difficult for the IG to obtain “sufficient, appropriate evidence” as part of the report. According to the IG, this included weak internal controls over financial reporting which led to errors and delays in preparing financial statements; several “significant deficiencies”; and instances of noncompliance with applicable laws and regulations.

In response, HUD revised the statements and said the “errors” were solely in “presentation” of financial information which had since been corrected. A February letter from HUD’s Chief Financial Officer Courtney B. Timberlake also argued that the corrections “did not represent a change in cash balances, any improper payments, or misallocation of HUD resources.”

A source at HUD told Fox News that the matter of revising and re-issuing financial statements is taken “very seriously.”

But according to the Office of the Inspector General, HUD’s statements are “misleading” because they imply that the information reported was correct, and “merely presented inconsistently.”

OIG said HUD’s management is “downplaying the severity of the condition and impact of errors identified,” noting that they were significant enough to cause the department to reissue financial statements and notes for 2016.

Some of the errors were caused by HUD rounding dollar amounts to the nearest “billion,” when financial guidance calls for rounding to the nearest “million.”

Errors are common, but not of this magnitude.

“While we have audited HUD’s reissued statements, we have not fully evaluated any of the new process improvements HUD discussed in its response,” Assistant Inspector General for Audit Randy McGinnis wrote in a March 1 letter. “We look forward to evaluating these processes as part of our fiscal year 2017 audit.”

While Ben Carson is now secretary of HUD, Julian Castro was secretary at the end of the Obama administration.

HUD OIG performs an annual audit, as required by the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990.

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« Reply #55 on: April 10, 2017, 07:04:12 PM »

Trump Has Already Spent Almost Double Obama’s Annual Travel Budget

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« Reply #56 on: May 29, 2017, 01:29:00 PM »

Report: Rep. Gutierrez Paid Wife $12K From Campaign Funds
By Jeffrey Rodack   |   Monday, 29 May 2017

The wife of Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., received $12,000 — almost half of the Democratic congressman's first quarter campaign expenditures for 2017, The Washington Free Beacon reported Sunday.

Soraida Gutierrez has been on the payroll of the Gutierrez for Congress campaign committee since 2010, according to the Free Beacon, noting that during that time she has been paid $385,000.

Most recently, she was paid $6,000 on Feb. 6 for serving as the campaign treasurer and overseeing fundraising services, according to the Free Beacon, citing Federal Election Commission filings. She was paid an additional $6,000 on Feb. 28.

From Jan. 1-March 31, the campaign had spent $25,152.08 – including the money paid to the lawmaker’s wife, the Beacon noted.

Members of Congress have been permitted to put family members on their campaign rolls since 2001. The article explained Gutierrez has also paid his daughters from campaign funds in the past.

Gutierrez’s wife was a registered lobbyist in Illinois from 2003 to 2009 before joining his campaign, Fox News reported. She has been the top recipient of campaign funds in three cycles since assuming the role, according to the news network.

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« Reply #57 on: May 29, 2017, 02:54:13 PM »

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Report: Rep. Gutierrez Paid Wife $12K From Campaign Funds
By Jeffrey Rodack   |   Monday, 29 May 2017

The wife of Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., received $12,000 — almost half of the Democratic congressman's first quarter campaign expenditures for 2017, The Washington Free Beacon reported Sunday.

Soraida Gutierrez has been on the payroll of the Gutierrez for Congress campaign committee since 2010, according to the Free Beacon, noting that during that time she has been paid $385,000.

Most recently, she was paid $6,000 on Feb. 6 for serving as the campaign treasurer and overseeing fundraising services, according to the Free Beacon, citing Federal Election Commission filings. She was paid an additional $6,000 on Feb. 28.

From Jan. 1-March 31, the campaign had spent $25,152.08 – including the money paid to the lawmaker’s wife, the Beacon noted.

Members of Congress have been permitted to put family members on their campaign rolls since 2001. The article explained Gutierrez has also paid his daughters from campaign funds in the past.

Gutierrez’s wife was a registered lobbyist in Illinois from 2003 to 2009 before joining his campaign, Fox News reported. She has been the top recipient of campaign funds in three cycles since assuming the role, according to the news network.

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« Reply #58 on: June 30, 2017, 03:16:01 PM »

Senate Democrat blasts 'Obamaphone' over fraudulent findings, complete lack of oversight'
Published June 30, 2017
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A new government audit finds more than a third of enrollees of the "Obamaphone" program may not be qualified -- among other fraudulent findings -- prompting a Senate Democrat to roundly criticize the program's "complete lack of oversight."

A report released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) claims the program, which gives cell phones to poor people, stashed $9 billion in private bank accounts, the Washington Times reported.

The 90-page report was requested by Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat who serves as ranking Democrat on the Senate’s chief oversight committee and who is a former state auditor in Missouri.

"A complete lack of oversight is causing this program to fail the American taxpayer — everything that could go wrong is going wrong," McCaskill said in a statement, according to the newspaper.

"We’re currently letting phone companies cash a government check every month with little more than the honor system to hold them accountable, and that simply can’t continue," she said.

The program -- officially known as the Lifeline Program and run by the Federal Communications Commission -- predates President Obama but received attention during his time in office when recipients began to associate the free phone with other benefits given to the poor, the paper reported.

The GAO report found that about 10.6 million people have an Obamaphone, but 36 percent of them may not qualify, according to the Washington Times. The audit also concluded that more than 5,500 people were found to be enrolled for two phones, while the program was paying for about 6,400 phones for persons the government has listed as dead, the paper reported.

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« Reply #59 on: June 30, 2017, 04:39:57 PM »

Andre still calling porno lines on his Obamacare phone


Senate Democrat blasts 'Obamaphone' over fraudulent findings, complete lack of oversight'
Published June 30, 2017
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A new government audit finds more than a third of enrollees of the "Obamaphone" program may not be qualified -- among other fraudulent findings -- prompting a Senate Democrat to roundly criticize the program's "complete lack of oversight."

A report released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) claims the program, which gives cell phones to poor people, stashed $9 billion in private bank accounts, the Washington Times reported.

The 90-page report was requested by Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat who serves as ranking Democrat on the Senate’s chief oversight committee and who is a former state auditor in Missouri.

"A complete lack of oversight is causing this program to fail the American taxpayer — everything that could go wrong is going wrong," McCaskill said in a statement, according to the newspaper.

"We’re currently letting phone companies cash a government check every month with little more than the honor system to hold them accountable, and that simply can’t continue," she said.

The program -- officially known as the Lifeline Program and run by the Federal Communications Commission -- predates President Obama but received attention during his time in office when recipients began to associate the free phone with other benefits given to the poor, the paper reported.

The GAO report found that about 10.6 million people have an Obamaphone, but 36 percent of them may not qualify, according to the Washington Times. The audit also concluded that more than 5,500 people were found to be enrolled for two phones, while the program was paying for about 6,400 phones for persons the government has listed as dead, the paper reported.

Click here for more from the Washington Times

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« Reply #60 on: July 06, 2017, 01:33:50 PM »

Pure greed.

NJ millionaires-on-welfare sting: 12 additional individuals charged

By Brittany De Lea 
Published July 06, 2017

Twelve more wealthy individuals in Lakewood, New Jersey have been charged with defrauding Medicaid and other government assistance programs by misrepresenting their incomes, prosecutors said Thursday, after seven couples were charged last week for gaming the system out of $2 million.

The defendants have all been charged with theft by deception, misrepresenting their incomes to show levels low enough in order to qualify for public assistance programs including Medicaid, heating benefits and food stamps (SNAP).

“They’ve been given letters instructing them as to the time frame for appearing. All defendants are expected to respond no later than Tuesday of next week,” the Ocean County, New Jersey prosecutor’s office said in a statement to FOX Business.

The couples charged Thursday fraudulently amassed welfare benefits near $400,000, according to an analysis of data from the prosecutor’s office. One couple alone collected nearly $75,000 in unentitled benefits from Medicaid between 2011 and 2013.

Seven additional couples, including a Rabbi and his wife, were charged just last week with defrauding government assistance programs out of at least $2 million.

One of the couples allegedly received Medicaid benefits for multiple years despite their annual income of more than $1 million, the complaint said.

Throughout fiscal year 2016, New Jersey spent $14.5 billion on Medicaid, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Throughout the same time period, the country as a whole spent $553.4 billion on the health assistance program.

In another instance, a couple allegedly made $1.8 million through various business endeavors that they had listed under relatives’ names—yet received housing, food and health benefits. They ultimately defrauded the government out of $178,000. The max allowable gross monthly income for a family of five in the state to be eligible for SNAP assistance is $4,385—which amounts to about $52,600 per year.

The prosecutor’s office said Thursday the investigation is ongoing.

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« Reply #62 on: July 06, 2017, 05:36:48 PM »

Hasidics are the damn worst welfare thugs


Pure greed.

NJ millionaires-on-welfare sting: 12 additional individuals charged

By Brittany De Lea 
Published July 06, 2017

Twelve more wealthy individuals in Lakewood, New Jersey have been charged with defrauding Medicaid and other government assistance programs by misrepresenting their incomes, prosecutors said Thursday, after seven couples were charged last week for gaming the system out of $2 million.

The defendants have all been charged with theft by deception, misrepresenting their incomes to show levels low enough in order to qualify for public assistance programs including Medicaid, heating benefits and food stamps (SNAP).

“They’ve been given letters instructing them as to the time frame for appearing. All defendants are expected to respond no later than Tuesday of next week,” the Ocean County, New Jersey prosecutor’s office said in a statement to FOX Business.

The couples charged Thursday fraudulently amassed welfare benefits near $400,000, according to an analysis of data from the prosecutor’s office. One couple alone collected nearly $75,000 in unentitled benefits from Medicaid between 2011 and 2013.

Seven additional couples, including a Rabbi and his wife, were charged just last week with defrauding government assistance programs out of at least $2 million.

One of the couples allegedly received Medicaid benefits for multiple years despite their annual income of more than $1 million, the complaint said.

Throughout fiscal year 2016, New Jersey spent $14.5 billion on Medicaid, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Throughout the same time period, the country as a whole spent $553.4 billion on the health assistance program.

In another instance, a couple allegedly made $1.8 million through various business endeavors that they had listed under relatives’ names—yet received housing, food and health benefits. They ultimately defrauded the government out of $178,000. The max allowable gross monthly income for a family of five in the state to be eligible for SNAP assistance is $4,385—which amounts to about $52,600 per year.

The prosecutor’s office said Thursday the investigation is ongoing.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/2017/07/06/nj-millionaires-on-welfare-sting-12-additional-individuals-charged.html
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« Reply #63 on: July 19, 2017, 01:12:59 PM »

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2017/07/12/seven-indicted-medicare-fraud/103640140


Insane, utterly insane - yet Single payer will end this.  Uh huh   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #64 on: July 19, 2017, 01:14:16 PM »

Feds charge 7 with $132M Medicare fraud
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Detroit – Seven people were indicted Wednesday and accused of conspiring to defraud Medicare out of almost $132 million as a team of FBI agents raided their offices in the Fisher Building.

The indictment, unsealed Wednesday in federal court, alleges the defendants participated in a nearly decade-long conspiracy that defrauded Medicare through a series of kickbacks and bribes.

The indictment appears to be part of an annual, nationwide crackdown on health care fraud. Two years ago, federal agents charged 243 people nationwide with participating in fraudulent schemes that involved $712 million in false billings.

This year’s health care fraud crackdown, and the Detroit indictment, is expected to be outlined Thursday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

In 2015, the enforcement sweep led to 16 arrests on charges relating to schemes that involved more than $122 million.

The indictment unsealed Wednesday alleges the seven defendants conspired in a scheme involving $131.8 million.

The alleged scheme involved paying kickbacks and bribes for services billed to Medicare.

The seven people charged are:

■Mashiyat Rashid of Oakland County.

■Yasser Mozeb of Oakland County.

■Spilios Pappas of Ohio.

■Abdul Haq of Washtenaw County.

■Joseph Betro of Oakland County.

■Tariq Omar of Oakland County.

■Mohammed Zahoor of Oakland County.

Ages and hometowns were not immediately available Wednesday.

Mozeb, Pappas, Haq, Betro, Omar and Zahoor were released on $10,000 unsecured bond Wednesday. Rashid was arraigned and temporarily held without bond.

Four offices at the Fisher Building, where most of the seven people conducted business, were raided Wednesday by the FBI. A Detroit News photographer captured part of the raid in offices 305 and 306.

The business being raided include Aqua Therapy and Pain Management Inc., which was run by Rashid; Tri-State Physician Group, run by Pappas; New Center Medical P.C.; and National Laboratories Inc.

The other companies include Global Quality Inc., Tri-County Physician Group P.C. and Tri-County Wellness Inc., which served as a management company, at 3800 Woodward Ave.

Omar and Zahoor are enrolled as providers with Medicare for Tri-County Physician. Mozeb was paid by Rashid and received payments from Global Quality and Tri-County Wellness. They opened bank accounts in the name of ISN Marketing to receive payments, according to the indictment.

The conspiracy has continued for nearly a decade and involved sending false and fraudulent materials to Medicare, the indictment alleges.

They disguised ownership and billed Medicare for false treatments, entered into sham agreements and made misrepresentations and omissions in the enrollment applications and claims submitted to Medicare, the government claims.

“Physicians … would prescribe medically unnecessary controlled substances, including Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Opana, to Tri-County Network beneficiaries,” according to the indictment.

The indictment lists nine charges, including health care fraud conspiracy, health care fraud, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and receiving and paying kickback
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« Reply #65 on: August 18, 2017, 09:46:49 AM »

Feds Spend $438,699 Studying If ‘Gender Norms’ Make LGBTQ People Get Drunk
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Grant: Alcohol is 'integral component of bars and clubs'!

The National Institutes of Health is spending over $400,000 studying whether gender norms of masculinity and femininity lead LGBTQ individuals to drink too much.

Trying to find the "meanings of intoxication" of sexual and gender minorities is the central question of a study that was awarded in late July.

The project will "examine the extent to which gendered norms shape risky drinking practices for sexual and gender minority (SGM) young adults," according to the grant for the study.

The grant states that alcohol is an "integral component of bars and clubs."

"Alcohol has played a central role for SGM by facilitating exploration of sexuality and gender, coping with minority stress, trauma, and stigma and serving as an integral component of bars and clubs for SGM young adults," the grant states. "Given this central role, it is not surprising that problematic alcohol use, including heavy episodic drinking (HED) and intoxication, and alcohol-related problems are significant issues for SGM young adults."

Researchers will conduct "in-depth interviews" with approximately 200 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals about their alcohol use, to determine why they drink.

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« Reply #66 on: August 18, 2017, 12:59:40 PM »

Feds Spend $438,699 Studying If ‘Gender Norms’ Make LGBTQ People Get Drunk
Washington Free Bacon ^ | 08/18/2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
Posted on 8/18/2017, 1:40:34 PM by ForYourChildren

Grant: Alcohol is 'integral component of bars and clubs'!

The National Institutes of Health is spending over $400,000 studying whether gender norms of masculinity and femininity lead LGBTQ individuals to drink too much.

Trying to find the "meanings of intoxication" of sexual and gender minorities is the central question of a study that was awarded in late July.

The project will "examine the extent to which gendered norms shape risky drinking practices for sexual and gender minority (SGM) young adults," according to the grant for the study.

The grant states that alcohol is an "integral component of bars and clubs."

"Alcohol has played a central role for SGM by facilitating exploration of sexuality and gender, coping with minority stress, trauma, and stigma and serving as an integral component of bars and clubs for SGM young adults," the grant states. "Given this central role, it is not surprising that problematic alcohol use, including heavy episodic drinking (HED) and intoxication, and alcohol-related problems are significant issues for SGM young adults."

Researchers will conduct "in-depth interviews" with approximately 200 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals about their alcohol use, to determine why they drink.

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« Reply #67 on: October 16, 2017, 07:05:52 AM »

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/local/article_d9e65356-b155-11e7-8634-7fcc67848f6d.html


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« Reply #68 on: October 17, 2017, 03:40:25 PM »

Maxine Waters Spent $10,000 on What??
The controversial representative spent $10,000 on tickets to a big Broadway show through her re-election campaign, and listed it as a “Fundraiser Expense.”
October 17, 2017

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) has spent weeks in the headlines this year for her consistent calls to impeach President Trump. Now she’s in the headlines for some of her own bad news.

Observers pointed out on Monday that Waters, in her campaign’s new FEC report, purchased $10,747.15 worth of tickets to the broadway show Hamilton and listed the purchase as a “Fundraiser Expense.”

It’s far from the first time Waters has made the news this year. She has frequently argued for impeachment of President Trump without evidence, she mentioned HUD Secretary Ben Carson in the same breath as the KKK in August, and in September even suggested the president has cheated on his wife.

For all her bluster, Waters has surely picked up some new fans in 2017 – but would they approve of her decision to use campaign funds to purchase Broadway tickets?

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« Reply #69 on: December 05, 2017, 03:09:53 PM »

Mueller Details $6.7M Spent in Early Months of Russia Probe
Tuesday, 05 Dec 2017

The special counsel investigation into possible coordination between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election has cost more than $6.7 million so far, according to a financial report released Tuesday.

The release of the report by special counsel Robert Mueller's office comes as the investigation appears to be gaining steam: Prosecutors have gained a key cooperator in their investigation and revealed that they are keenly focused on the actions of the president and his inner circle.

Of the overall price tag, only about $3.2 million was spent directly by the special counsel's office. An additional $3.5 million was paid out by the Justice Department to support the investigation, though the special counsel's office says that money would have been spent on ongoing probes anyway, even if Mueller had not been appointed.

Mueller incorporated several active investigations within the Justice Department including those of Trump campaign contacts with Russia, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's business activities and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The details of the expenditures related to Mueller's investigation were laid out in a report released publicly by the special counsel's office. The report covers from May 17, the date of Mueller's appointment, through Sept. 30, the end of the federal fiscal year.

According to Mueller's report, the special counsel's office spent about $1.7 million for salaries and benefits and more than $223,000 for travel-related expenses. The majority of the travel costs stemmed from the relocation of Justice Department employees temporarily assigned to the expanding investigation.

The office also spent nearly $734,000 on equipment and about $363,000 on rent, communications and utilities.

Previous special counsel investigations, including probes of President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s, have also spent millions over a few months' time.

A 1999 General Accounting Office report, for example, showed that independent counsel Kenneth Starr's office spent $6.2 million in the last six months of 1998, though it's unclear if that amount included both direct expenditures by the special counsel and supporting agency costs. In the report released Tuesday, Mueller's office noted that previous special counsels only reported direct costs and not those incurred separately by the Justice Department on their own expenditure reports.

The four-and-a-half year investigations headed by Starr and his successor, Robert Ray, cost more than $52 million in taxpayer funds as they probed Clinton and then-first lady Hillary Clinton.

A 2000 General Accounting Office report that detailed those figures said that $36 million came from congressional appropriations and $16 million from other federal agency costs. Starr's predecessor, Robert Fiske, spent an additional $6 million investigating the Clintons' involvement in the Whitewater real estate deal, according to a May 1999 GAO report.

Starr's investigation turned over documentation to the GOP-led House Judiciary Committee, which impeached Bill Clinton in December 1998 on single charges of perjury and obstruction of justice related to his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky. A Senate vote in February 1999 failed to convict Clinton on those charges.

So far, Mueller's team has charged four people as part of the ongoing investigation.

Last week, Flynn pleaded guilty to a felony charge of lying to the FBI and agreed to cooperate with Mueller's investigators. George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, made a similar plea deal with Mueller's prosecutors in October. Both men admitted to lying to the FBI about their contacts with Russians related to their work for Trump.

In addition, Manafort and his longtime business associate, Rick Gates, are currently facing several felony charges brought by the special counsel's office. Those charges involve allegations of money laundering and other financial crimes related to their political consulting work in Ukraine.

In its report, Mueller's team notes that it draws its funding from a revolving "permanent, indefinite" appropriation for independent counsels provided by Congress, as well as from non-reimbursed Justice Department agency expenditures and from intelligence agency appropriations.

In a statement, the special counsel's office said it will release a similar expenditure report after March 31, 2018.

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