Daily Outrage: Money wasted on energy aid for bogus low earners 

WHO: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

WHAT: Through poor oversight of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, the department wasted more than $100 million. Of that, $671,000 was allotted to individuals whose incomes made them ineligible, $370,000 was given to 725 prison inmates and $3.9 million went to program applicants who co-opted dead people’s identities.

While it’s the states’ responsibilities to ensure that they aren’t defrauded, the Government Accountability Office found that the Department of Health and Human Services offered little leadership — and ultimately, since it’s doling out the checks, it’s the department’s responsibility.

WHERE TO VENT: Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, (202) 401-9351.

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