Monthly Archives: April 2010

DHS IG Reports on Screening Process in Airports

Posted on April28, 2010
"Investigators found screening checkpoint vulnerabilities at eight out of eight airports they visited, according to the unclassified summary of a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (IG) report released today. The IG report says it made 8 recommendations to [Transportation Security Administration] and the agency agreed with seven and partially agreed with another."  (View the entire source) The Inspector General demonstrates trust that the report will have positive results and improve operations.
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Goldman Sachs Fraud Investigation

Posted on April26, 2010
Did politics drive the lawsuit? The SEC Inspector General H. David Kotz was asked to determine whether the agency’s April 16 Goldman Sachs lawsuit was timed to bolster the Obama administration’s push to overhaul financial rules. Schapiro, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman, said on April 21 that neither the White House nor Congress have any influence on SEC enforcement actions. President Barack Obama, in an April 21 interview with CNBC, denied there was communication between the SEC and…
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Lawsuit Dismissed by Cook County Circuit Court

Posted on April22, 2010
"The city’s watchdog agency in charge of uncovering City Hall corruption lost a court fight to force Mayor Richard Daley’s administration to turn over documents relating to the awarding of a no-bid contract. The Inspector General’s Office last fall sued Daley’s top lawyer, Mara Georges, and accused her of stymieing an internal investigation into possible wrongdoing by current and former employees. ...Cook County Circuit Court judge dismissed the lawsuit. The judge found that the inspector general does not have the…
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NY Financed Theatre Improperly Using State Money

Posted on April21, 2010
The Inspector General, Mr. Fisch, gets involved in fraud regarding a NY theatre.  While the New York State Theatre Institute claims this is just a reflection of the misunderstanding of the theatrical arts, Mr. Fisch accuses them of corruption in a 127 page report.  His report also claims that that theatre and Producing Director, Ms. Snyder, failed to follow the ethic rules of the State.  The report also states that Ms. Sndy repeatedly lied "to investigators during the roughly 20-month inquiry and even of backdating…
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What is an OIG? Helping the Public Understand

Posted on April21, 2010
A component in operating an OIG is gaining trust of the public and conveying an understanding as to exactly what your office does and why your office is essential.  A thorough explanation of procedures in your office and how the complaint tracking process works can help to save time and money by reducing the number of repeat calls to your office and increase satisfaction among clients/customers. Purposes of your OIG to advise the public about are comprised of several elements. …
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Chicago aldermen to create their own Inspector General?

Posted on April13, 2010
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Department of Transportation and New Air Traffic Controllers

Posted on April13, 2010
At the beginning of April, the Department of Transportation issued a report on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA's) policies and procedures for screening, placing, and initially training newly hired air traffic controllers.  The audit objectives were to: (1) evaluate how FAA determines whether candidates have the requisite abilities to become successful controllers; (2) determine what procedures FAA uses to place controllers at air traffic facilities; and (3) assess whether the initial training provided by the FAA Academy adequately prepares new controllers for facility on-the-job…
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FDA Falls Short According to Investigation

Posted on April09, 2010
"WASHINGTON, D.C.—According to a recent report by the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services, between 2004 and 2008, FDA inspected fewer than half of the 51,229 facilities under its regulation. During that same time period, the number of regulatory actions triggered by inspections fell from 614." Read the article in its entirety, here.
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Inspector General Seeks Board Members’ Support for Health Care Compliance

Posted on April05, 2010
The Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA), New York State Medicaid Inspector General Sheehan emphasizes the importance of health care board members' involvement in and knowledge of the oversight of compliance and ethics programs.  It is crucial for board members of health care organizations to understand their role in regards to the compliance and ethics program.  Sheehan and other experts will be discussing this issue of board compliance on May 20-21, 2010 during the Audit & Compliance Committee conference.   Blog source: http://pr-canada.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=182109&Itemid=59
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Investigations led by Miami-Dade OIG Result in Arrest (March 2010)

Posted on April01, 2010
Office of the Inspector General and the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office worked hard together to arrest the head of the non-profit Veteran's Employment Transition Services, Inc. (VETS).  Instead of putting together an educational and informational event for military veterans, the man withdrew money for himself and cut checks to family members. He was charged with three counts of Grand Theft, third degree felonies, for misappropriating grant funds. The OIG investigation uncovered that Cutler misappropriated funds from both a City of Miami  and an OCED grant…
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