DoD IG to Reissue Marine Corps Audit

Posted on March27, 2015
The Marine Corps received a clean financial audit at the end of 2013 covering 2012 from the Defense Department Inspector General. This was the first time a military service had passed the IG audit. The audit is being modified based on additional information regarding "U.S. Treasury suspense accounts that temporarily hold transactions so they do not reflect against a valid appropriation." Whether this information will negatively impact the audit remains to be seen, but there were Marine transactions in these…

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Fail to Implement OIG Recommendations

Posted on March25, 2015
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General released a report finding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) neglected to implement 25 sets of "significant recommendations" from the OIG. The estimated financial impact on taxpayers and beneficiaries is $24 billion. The recommended actions "would likely improve quality and patient safety, program integrity, financial and grants management, and contractor management" according to the report. Some of the recommendations that have not been implemented date back…

Push to Create OIG in Connecticut

Posted on March18, 2015
Connecticut could be the next state to establish an Office of Inspector General. The Government Administration and Elections Committee voted unanimously on a proposal to create the inspector general position. The bill will now move to the House of Representatives for debate and vote. According to State Representative Laura Devlin of the Government Administration and Elections Committee, "an independent investigator without allegiances to a political party is the most just way to look into any allegations of state government waste…

Obama Nominates New GSA Inspector General

Posted on March16, 2015
President Obama announced his nomination for the new Inspector General for the General Services Administration. Carol Fortine Ochoa, who has been the assistant inspector general at the U.S. Department of Justice Oversight and Review Division since 2005, has been nominated to the position. Prior to that position, she was Director of the Oversight and Review Division. She has also served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia and associate independent counsel at the Office of Independent Counsel.…

Amtrak Bill Adds More IG Responsibility

Posted on March12, 2015
A new bill passed in the House of Representatives, the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015, clearly identifies the Amtrak Inspector General responsibilities "as it looks at Amtrak boarding procedures and provides a report on improvements." The bill will make it easier for the IG to consider boarding issues for passengers bringing on non-motorized transportation. In the past, Amtrak has fallen short in meeting ADA requirements. This bill encompasses wheel chair access as well as bicycles and other…

Chicago IG: Fire Department Response Times Still Not Meeting National Standards

Posted on March10, 2015
Chicago’s Inspector General says the Chicago Fire Department is still not meeting nationwide standards for response time, despite being chided a year-and-a-half ago for not meeting those standards. According to Inspector General Joe Ferguson, the city was using a statistically flawed method for calculating those response times and because of the way it keeps records, that the department was missing some of those response time records. Read More at CBS Chicago.
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Senators Seeking to Improve Inspector General Power

Posted on March05, 2015
Senators Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) proposed a new bill that would give "inspectors general more tools to investigate agencies and ferret out improper payments, and it helps ensure the independence of our federal watchdogs." Congress recently heard complaints for several federal inspectors general about stonewalls from agencies during investigations. In addition to the new bill, the senators sent letters to 72 federal inspectors general requesting information about unimplemented recommendations or interference from agencies in…

Legislators Introduce Bill to Create CFPB Inspector General

Posted on March02, 2015
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau currently shares an inspector general with the Federal Reserve. The current inspector general is appointed by the Federal Reserve chairman. A new bill introduced in Congress wants to create a position to oversee the CFPB that would be appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. While a previous attempt at legislation in December 2013 did not move forward, lawmakers feel the broad authority of the agency needs oversight. Congress currently has no oversight…

FBI, Multiple OIGs Investigating Georgia President Charged With Bank Fraud

Posted on February23, 2015
A former bank president was charged on February 12th for his role in a bank fraud scheme in which he is alleged to have hidden underperforming and at-risk loans from the bank and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), among others, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Michael J. Moore of the Middle District of Georgia. The case is being investigated by the FBI, the Department of Treasury’s Special Inspector…

DOE OIG Reports $21M Conference Spending

Posted on February20, 2015
The Department of Energy Office of Inspector General released a report citing extravagant spending by the department over the course of 16 months. An investigation of 300 Department of Energy conferences held from April 2013 to September 2014 turned up many social events that should not have taken place. According to the report, these events included "casino night, Super Bowl party, golf tournament, banquet on a dinner cruise boat, dinner at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and a tour and…