n government programs there seems to be no end to corruption. The same could be said about officials in government. Not all our elected officials are corrupt. Most are honest and working hard for the people they represent. If we didn’t have the media exposing corruption in government, it would be even more widespread.
Some of our public servants do a good job in exposing corruption. Take Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, for instance. She is one of the leaders in Congress for better oversight of government programs and accountability.
She has revealed that nearly 50,000 dead people are enrolled in the taxpayer-subsidized Lifeline program, which is run by the Federal Communications Commission. It is a program that provides low-income households with discounts on telephone and broadband service. Probably many taxpayers are not even aware of the program. Sen. McCaskill first urged the FCC to provide stronger oversight of the program in 2011. She has continually sought reforms.
Between 2014 and October 2017, 47,942 deceased people were enrolled in the program, according to the Inspector General of the FCC. Sen. McCaskill has demanded updates on what the FCC is doing to improve its oversight of the program, and to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not going to Lifeline provider companies that profit from accounts of dead people.
“The government has done a terrible job preventing waste and fraud of taxpayer money in this program, and I’m not going to let up until commonsense safeguards are implemented,” Sen. McCaskill said. She is a former state auditor in Missouri.
The senator requested details on how much the government has paid to companies for deceased subscriber accounts, what actions have been taken to penalize these companies, and the current status of launching an independent verifier.
When there is money involved in federal and state programs, usually there is corruption. It happens on the local level also.