EPA IG Finds Fault in Agency’s Asbestos Guidelines

Posted on June18, 2015
A report recently released by the Environmental Protections Agency Office of the Inspector General finds that current guidelines for the EPA's Asbestos Demolition Standard allow "the release of potentially harmful quantities of asbestos." The OIG says that the current policy, which was established in 1973, needs to be updated to include the possible contamination from runoff wastewater containing asbestos. The current policy only requires that "asbestos-containing materials were well-soaked to prevent the fibers from becoming airborne during the demolition process."…

President Nominates Permanent IG at Dept of Interior

Posted on June05, 2015
Just days after members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to the President about the vacancy of a permanent inspector general at the Department of Interior, the President nominated the current interim IG to the position. Mary Kendall has been the interim IG since 2009 when the IG was promoted by President Obama. The nomination is not without critics. Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee investigated mismanagement in 2013. "The GOP's report accused Kendall of not investigating…

US Department of Health and Human Services OIG: $1.8 Billion Recovered in Last Six Months

Posted on June04, 2015
The federal government recovered $1.8 billion from healthcare providers and programs in the first six months of fiscal 2015, a federal watchdog has revealed. Of the recoveries, $544.7 million was from audit receivables and $1.3 billion resulted from investigations, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General said in its “Semiannual Report to Congress,” which was released Monday. Read More at McKnight's Long Term Care News
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President Urged to Fill Vacant IG Positions

Posted on June02, 2015
Several members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to the President "asking him to name a new inspector general for the Department of the Interior." This letter follows a similar letter sent by Senate members in April requesting the President to fill the 10 vacant IG positions in the federal government. House Majority Leader Keven McCarthy (R-CA), Rep. Bob Bishop (R-UT), Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), and Rep. Kevin Calvert (R-CA) all signed the letter to the President. The…

U.S. Postal Service IG Explores Banking Business

Posted on May26, 2015
The U.S. Postal Service Inspector General has issued a report suggesting that "the agency should enter or boost offerings in certain parts of the banking business." The report includes international money transfers as a possible expansion area for the Postal Service. Currently, the agency only allows customers to wire money to nine Latin American countries. The current options only include four of the top ten countries abroad where Americans send money. Another option suggested is that the Postal Service join…

Inspector General Reform Act of 2015 Sent for Consideration

Posted on May22, 2015
A new bill has been approved by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to give inspectors general more subpoena power. Currently, "federal employees who choose to retire rather than face internal punishment" cannot be compelled to give testimony. This has limited the ability of the OIG to fully investigate employees if they are no longer employed by the agency. The new legislation proposes given inspectors general "the power to subpoena former federal employees and contractors to testify in cases…

Push to Create IG for Affordable Care Act

Posted on May20, 2015
Representative Peter Roskam, R-IL., introduced legislation that would create a "special inspector general for monitoring the Affordable Care Act, or SIGMA." Since the implementation of the HealthCare.gov website nearly two years ago, the program has had reports of cost overruns, increased prices, and lost work hours. According to Roskam, the legislation "will force disclosure, and the public then has choices about how it wants to move forward." The bill has support from Tim Murphy, R-PA, Tom Cole, R-OK, Tom Marino…

Investigation into $70 Million in Overdue Mine Safety Fines

Posted on May18, 2015
The Labor Department Inspector General is conducting an audit of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) following the circulation of a NPR and Mine Safety and Health News series. The series "reported failure of federal regulators to collect nearly $70 million in overdue safety fines. Most are two to 10 years late; some go back decades." In addition to breaking down the number of delinquent mine owners violations, the series found that the injury rate was 50% higher at…

TSA Under Scrutiny from DHS Inspector General

Posted on May16, 2015
The U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing to discuss "Transportation Security: Are Our Airports Safe?" Three witnesses offered their opinions on the current state of the Transportation Security Agency (TSA). All witnesses were concerned the the agency was not meeting current expectations. U.S. Department of Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth discussed audits conducted that repeatedly find "vulnerabilities caused by human and technology based failures." He made a strong point that "TSA faces a…

Defense IG Announces New Principal Deputy Inspector General

Posted on May15, 2015
Following the recent departure of Lynne Halbrooks as Principal Deputy Inspector General for the Department of Defense, Inspector General Jon T. Rymer has "announced the selection of Mr. Glenn A. Fine" to the position. Fine will officially begin his duties June 1, 2015. Most recently, Fine worked in the private sector as a partner at Dechert LLP. While there, his focus was White Collar & Security Litigation. Prior to that position, Fine was Inspector General of the U.S. Department of…