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The Late Edition: November 6, 2013

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Today’s Taxpayer News!

Massive Marshal waste: NTU’s Pete Sepp is quoted in this WSBTV article exposing the U.S. Marshals Service for the agency’s waste on gifts ranging from Christmas ornaments to silk scarves to commemorative coins. In total the Inspector General found almost $800,000 worth of waste.

Medicare mismanagement: Medicare has paid out millions of dollars to the deceased, a new Inspector Generals report found. The report tallied $23 million of improper payments to deceased Americans and those illegally living in the country. More information at Healthcare Payer News.

Call waiting: Vermont state officials found that the state wasted $272,000 on cell phones that went unused by state officials in 2012.  Of the 11 million minutes purchased by the state, 5 million were not used. More details at VNews.