Monthly Archives: January 2013

Guam’s Assistant Secretary Babauta Turns In Resignation

Posted on January31, 2013
Guam - Department of Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs Tony Babauta has submitted his resignation to DOI Secretary Ken Salazar. The resignation comes in the midst of an ongoing Office of Inspector General investigation that was launched back in November into Babauta's travel and some DOI awards he allegedly approved. DOI Deputy Director of Communications Blake Androff confirms with KUAM that Babauta's resignation is effective February 1. Androff did not explain the reason for the resignation and Babauta has…
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SEC Taps Capitol Police Inspector General as Top Watchdog

Posted on January28, 2013
Carl Hoecker has more than 30 years experience as a criminal investigator and is also a certified public accountant. WASHINGTON — The Securities and Exchange Commission has selected a criminal investigator as the agency's new top internal watchdog, a hire that comes just one day after President Barack Obama tapped a former criminal prosecutor to chair the SEC. The SEC has offered the job of inspector general to Capitol Police Inspector General Carl W. Hoecker, two people familiar with the…
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Jefferson Parish Inspector General Board Begins Interviewing Finalists

Posted on January25, 2013
Jefferson Parish's inspector general board began interviewing three finalists for the job Wednesday, questioning the candidates in both public and private sessions. First up was Nicholas Schuler Jr., deputy inspector general for Chicago public schools. Members of the Jefferson Parish Ethics and Compliance Commission, gather for an interview for a new inspector general for the parish. The group was interviewing Nicholas Schuler Jr., center, on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at the Airport Hilton Hotel. (Photo by Chris Granger, Nola.com |…
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Philadelphia Plans Bill to Make Inspector General’s Office Independent

Posted on January24, 2013
Philadelphia City Councilman James F. Kenney plans to introduce a bill Thursday to make the Inspector General's Office an independent and permanent part of city government, free to ferret out fraud and corruption without fear of political interference. The position, created by an executive order from Mayor W. Wilson Goode in 1984, is now appointed by, and serves at the will of, the mayor. Kenney's bill, to be introduced at Council's first meeting of the year, would create a ballot…
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Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to Hire an Inspector General

Posted on January23, 2013
The state Department of Health and Hospitals is getting ready to hire an internal inspector general to help it with Medicaid fraud prevention efforts. The legislative auditor issued a report finding improper payments and falsification of documents in several programs in which it did spot checks. It was the fifth finding of ineffective audit controls in the non-emergency medical transportation program. DHH Undersecretary Jerry Phillips tells The Advocate the internal inspector general's main role will be to assess risk and…
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Supervisors, Reform Commission Considering Loudoun County Inspector General

Posted on January18, 2013
The Board of Supervisors-appointed panel looking into potential inefficiencies and mismanagement within county government is considering whether the county should hire a permanent employee tasked with looking into potential inefficiencies and mismanagement within county government. The Loudoun Government Reform Commission, established in January 2012 with members chosen by supervisors, told the board Wednesday that it will study the pros and cons of the county hiring an inspector general. Loudoun County had an inspector general for much of the 1990s, though,…
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Kenneth Jones Named Most Wanted Deadbeat By Inspector General

Posted on January16, 2013
Parents who fail to pay court-ordered child support for the care of their children put an unnecessary strain on the custodial parent and the children, as well as on agencies that are tasked with enforcing these matters. Although most child support cases fall under State jurisdiction, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) plays an important role in aggressively pursuing parents who fail to pay court-ordered child support. OIG may intervene in child support cases when: the noncustodial parent willfully fails…
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HHS inspector general recovers $6.9 billion in 2012

Posted on January15, 2013
Agency inspectors general can’t solve the government's deficit problem on their own, but they can – and do - recoup ill-gotten gains that add up to a tidy sum. That’s especially true when massive government programs are involved. Medicare and Medicaid are two such gargantuan programs within the Department of Health and Human Services, and they are often targets of fraud. So the HHS Office of Inspector General devotes 80 percent of its resources to Medicaid and Medicare oversight. That…
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D.C. Council Member Targets Inspector General

Posted on January09, 2013
D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie, the new chairman of the Government Operations Committee, is opening up his chairmanship by targeting the effectiveness of the city’s inspector general. McDuffie (D-Ward 5), who was a prosecutor before he was elected to the council last year, sent a letter to Charles J. Willoughby Monday evening announcing a preliminary council inquiry into the speed and quality of work produced by Willoughby’s office. The inspector general works for the council as an independent office tasked…
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NEW YORK CITY’S CORRUPTION WATCHDOG CLOSES OUT 2012 WITH HIGH-IMPACT RESULTS AND 834 ARRESTS

Posted on January07, 2013
ROSE GILL HEARN, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Investigation (“DOI”), released today its 2012 annual report, highlighting a prolific year of significant investigations, financial recoveries, and arrests for the City’s anti-corruption agency. In 2012, DOI’s investigations reflected the agency’s unique and integral role within City government: protecting taxpayer funds, strengthening City procedures, and exposing and stopping corruption. The agency’s investigations also led to noteworthy convictions and sentences that delivered a definitive message of deterrence. In Calendar Year…
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