Chicago Public Schools Board of Education Announces new IG

Posted on December19, 2014
Nicholas J. Schuler Jr. was formally appointed as the new inspector general for Chicago Public Schools on December 8, 2014. Prior to the appointment, he served as deputy inspector general since 2010 and interim inspector general since June 2014. School board President David Vitale said, "Since joining the Office of Inspector General in 2010, Nick Schuler has dedicated himself to ensuring integrity in Chicago Public Schools by conducting thorough investigations into allegations of waste, fraud and financial mismanagement." His first…

Former DHS-OIG Special Agent in Charge Sentenced to Prison

Posted on December18, 2014
A former agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General has been sentenced to three years in prison following a 2013 indictment in Texas for falsifying records and obstruction of justice. The indictment came after a September 2011 internal inspection of the McAllen Field Office. Prior to the inspection, Special Agent in Charge Eugenio Pedraza instructed subordinates to "engage in a scheme to falsify documents in open criminal investigative case files, including numerous investigations in…

Newly Created NYPD IG Asked to Review Police Misconduct

Posted on December12, 2014
The New York Police Department OIG was created last year and works at the direction of the City Council. In response to the recent death of a New York man during an arrest, the City Council has requested a probe into how the NYPD tracks, monitors, and addresses alleged abuses. Appointed in March, this will be the first known investigation for IG Philip Eure. Additionally, the City Council will also expand the Civilian Complaint Review Board to include more neighborhood…

IG Investigates Baltimore’s Speed Camera Program

Posted on December10, 2014
Inspector General Robert H. Pearre Jr. has released a report accusing a former official in the mayor's office of inappropriate activity favoring a camera vendor for the speed camera program. The IG wrote that the mayor's former chief of staff "knowingly used the influence of his office to benefit the best interests of Xerox contrary to the interests of the city and taxpayers." The now defunct program is also being investigated by the City Council. It was discontinued in April…

Treasury IG Finds Millions In Bogus Tax Claims By Prisoners

Posted on December05, 2014
Hundreds of thousands of prisoners are filing phony tax refund claims and the IRS is not doing enough to quash the problem, according to a watchdog report. According to the report, more than 137,000 phony tax returns were filed in 2012 using a prisoner’s Social Security number to the tune of $1 billion. While many of the fake refunds were flagged and prevented by the agency, the IRS issued $70 million in bogus refunds. Read More at Fox News

NY/NJ Port Authority IG Names New Inspector General Michael Nestor

Posted on November24, 2014
Amid an ongoing internal probe into the George Washington Bridge lane closures, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey named a new inspector general Wednesday, following the unexpected death of the agency's longtime IG, Robert Van Etten, in June. His successor, Michael Nestor, is a 17-year veteran of the IG's office who had been acting inspector general since Van Etten's death. Read more at NJ.com
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Social Security OIG: 44 judges approved $2 billion in improper disability claims

Posted on November17, 2014
A small group of Social Security judges have improperly approved disability claims for nearly 25,000 people who didn't qualify, costing taxpayers $2 billion over the past seven years, government investigators conclude in a report being released Monday. Investigators examined cases decided by 44 judges who had been approving disability claims at unusually high rates. The judges represent about 4 percent of the administrative law judges, or ALJs, who decide disability claims for Social Security, the report said. Read More at…
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Five NOPD detectives mishandled rape, child abuse investigations, inspector general finds

Posted on November14, 2014
Five NOPD detectives have been transferred to street patrol and are under internal investigation after the city's inspector general found they systematically failed to investigate and document allegations of sexual assault and child abuse. Continue reading the article here.
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Inspect General Chides CFPB Management

Posted on November07, 2014
The CFPB faces major management challenges that could hamper its ability to accomplish its strategic objectives if they are not properly addressed, according to the Federal Reserve’s Office of the Inspector General. The OIG said the CFPB must improve the operational efficiency of its supervision program. To continue reading the article click here.

OIG report highlights concerns with FDA’s computer network

Posted on October24, 2014
An audit of the FDA’s computer network immediately after a cybersecurity breach last year detected vulnerabilities in the agency’s system. The report, released Tuesday by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General, said investigators weren’t able to gain unauthorized access to the FDA network. However, they found problems that could allow unauthorized users to view or change FDA data and cause key FDA systems to go unavailable. See more at FEDSCOOP.
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