Inspector General Reveals That Secret Service Radio System Is Out-Of-Date

Posted on February05, 2016
A recent report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) revealed that the radio communication system used by the Secret Service is out-of-date. Radio systems are critical to the day-to-day protective operations of Secret Service, making 100 percent operational success imperative. However, DHS OIG’s testing revealed “inherent radio limitations” and “unclear transmissions,” which could lead to a communications failure in an emergency. The exact age of the current radio infrastructure was redacted from the report.…

New Inspector General Joins The Air Force Reserve Command

Posted on January28, 2016
The Air Force Reserve Command sworn in a new Inspector General on January 16, 2016. The new Inspector General is Brigadier General Allan L. Swartzmiller and he will be replacing Brigadier General John. J. Mooney Hailing from Chesaning, Michigan, Swartzmiller is responsible for advising the command's leadership on how to optimize resources and enhance mission effectiveness by upholding standards and influencing positive change. He also ensures the existence of responsive inquiry and complaint resolution characterized by objectivity, integrity, and impartiality. Read More: Dobbins…

Inspector General Reports: U.S. Department of the Interior is Vulnerable to Cyber Crimes

Posted on January21, 2016
According to the Deputy Inspector General, the U.S. Department of the Interior has nearly 15,000 laptops being used by employees and they don't have the proper security systems in place to prevent them from being hacked. A memo issued by Deputy Inspector General Mary L. Kendall and released Wednesday said the laptops — some likely in Utah — are at "high risk of compromise" should they be lost or stolen because the agency did not require pre-boot authentication. By sidestepping…
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According to the NRC IG, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Network Poses High Risk of Being Hacked

Posted on January15, 2016
According to a federal report released recently by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Inspector General, the computer networks used by the NRC could possibility be hacked as a result of the insufficient organization among the Security Operations Center. NRC staffers told the inspector general that the SOC “does not meet agency needs” and singled out a lack of proactive analyses and timely, detailed reports that could otherwise provide the information necessary to keep its networks properly protected. In the meantime,…

OIG Found That FAA Still Lacks Oversight With $859 Million Air Traffic Control Contract

Posted on January08, 2016
The Federal Air Administration's inspector general told the FAA to improve their oversight of spending related to the $859 million air traffic control contract. The contact was awarded to Raytheon in 2008 to help them reach their goal of hiring 11,000 new air traffic controllers by 2021. But the oversight of the contract was lacking in 2013, noting that the agency had spent $46 million in the first two years of the contract without the program hitting its training goals. In December 2013,…
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Los Angeles IG, County Sheriff Reach Data Sharing Deal

Posted on December21, 2015
After nearly two years of wrangling, the Inspector General hired to oversee the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday he has reached an agreement with Sheriff Jim McDonnell on sharing confidential information. The agreement gives Huntsman the ability to “monitor in-progress investigations involving potential bias, deputy force or misconduct by LASD personnel, including, but not limited to complaint inquiries, deputy-involved shootings, claims review and administrative investigations.” Read More at LA Daily News.

HHS OIG: Medicaid Lost $14B By Ignoring Generic Drug Cost Increases

Posted on December18, 2015
According to the Department of Health and Human Services OIG, Medicaid could save $14 billion if Congress allowed them to control cost increases as they do with branded drugs. When branded pharmaceutical prices increase faster than inflation, manufacturers are required to provide a rebate to Medicaid to cover the difference; however, no such provision exists for generic products. As a result, when a generic company becomes the sole source for a product and increases prices dramatically, Medicaid is forced to…

Palm Beach IG Identified $11 Million in Savings

Posted on December10, 2015
Palm Beach County's Office of Inspector General acted on 1,100 calls to its fraud hotline and identified more than $11 million in potential savings for taxpayers, according to its 2015 annual report released Monday. The office identified $6.4 million in questionable expenditures during the 2015 fiscal year not backed up by adequate documentation, according to the report. It found $11.7 million in avoidable cost over the next three years and issued 94 recommendations. About $72,710 in expenditures were found that…

GSA’s Office of Inspector General Could Save Taxpayers $1.3 Billion in Fiscal 2015

Posted on December03, 2015
According to the IG's annual report to Congress, GSA’s Office of Inspector General could possibly save taxpayers $1.3 billion in 2015 if they adopt their recommendations. The report, released on Nov. 30, chronicles the OIG’s actions from April 1 to Sept. 30, including audits, investigations and fund recoveries. It also identified $135 million in criminal and civil recovery for the period, with another $30 million coming from administrative recoveries, forfeitures and restitution payments. The Office of Inspector General also addressed audits…
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Senators Approve of Independence for Inspector General’s in Virgin Islands

Posted on November24, 2015
Members of the Committee on Government Services, Consumer and Veterans Affairs gathered on November 18th, 2015 to discuss multiple measures, including bill no. 31-0014, sponsored by Senator Clifford Graham and co-sponsored by Senators Sammuel Sanes and Nereida Rivera-O’Reilly, that aims to add more legitimacy to the Office of the Inspector General by untying it from the executive branch. This bill was brought forward because the IG's budget in the Virgin Islands has dwindled down to $2 million for fiscal year…