Monthly Archives: February 2013

Kenney pushes for Philadelphia Inspector General post to be made permanent

Posted on February28, 2013
THE WIDELY applauded tenure of Inspector General Amy Kurland has sparked many calls for her office to be cemented in the city's Home Rule Charter, rather than maintained through executive order as it is now. Determining the jurisdiction of a permanent inspector, however, has proved to be a trickier affair. Councilman Jim Kenney has introduced a resolution that, if voters approve a ballot measure this spring, would create an independent office charged with investigating the city's executive branch and companies…
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Detroit’s Inspector General’s office officially in operation to field complaints

Posted on February27, 2013
The city's Office of Inspector General — the agency charged with rooting out waste, abuse, fraud and corruption in city government — is officially in operation, officials said. The inspector general's office — which is supposed to ensure honesty and integrity in city government — is now operating at the Cadillac Tower in downtown Detroit. People can make complaints in person, through telephone or online. James Heath began work as the inspector general last summer. Since then, the office secured…
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Inspectors General Employ 3,501 Workers Who Can Carry Guns/Make Arrests

Posted on February25, 2013
The Census of Federal Law Enforcement Officers 2008, published by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics in June 2012, shows that of the 120,000 full-time law enforcement officers who are authorized to make arrests and carry firearms as federal employees, 3,501 are in the Offices of Inspectors General (OIG). Overall, “the number of federal officers in the United States increased by 15,000, or 14 percent, between 2004 and 2008,” the report states, adding that “33 of the…
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Chairman Hastings Calls for President Obama to Appoint Permanent Inspector General for the Department of the Interior

Posted on February22, 2013
House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today wrote to President Obama requesting that he nominate a permanent Inspector General for the Department of the Interior. Since the Department’s previous Inspector General Earl Devaney was appointed to a new position nearly four years ago, the Department’s Office of Inspector General (IG) has been run by Deputy Inspector General Mary Kendall, serving in an acting capacity. Committee staff also released a report today, entitled “Holding Interior Watchdog Accountable,” that details…
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GOV. PERRY REAPPOINTS WILSON AS INSPECTOR GENERAL OF TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION

Posted on February21, 2013
Gov. Rick Perry has reappointed Douglas Wilson of Pflugerville as inspector general of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2014. The inspector general works to prevent, detect and investigate fraud, abuse and waste in state health and human services programs. Wilson is the current HHSC inspector general, a position he has held since his appointment in March 2011. He previously served as HHSC’s deputy inspector general for operations, and as past…
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HHS Inspector General Daniel Levinson to outline health care fraud and abuse enforcement initiatives during keynote address at HCCA’s 17th Annual Compliance Institute

Posted on February20, 2013
Health and Human Services Inspector General Daniel Levinson is expected to outline the agency's health care fraud and abuse enforcement efforts, and underscore its current compliance education and information resources, during his keynote address at the opening session of the 17th Annual Compliance Institute, Monday, April 22, 2013, the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) announced today. Conflict and stress resolution experts Peter and Susan Glaser will follow IG Levinson with their session, "Be Quiet, Be Heard: The Paradox of Persuasion." This…
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Inspector General Reports Afghan Government May Have Abused Billions

Posted on February14, 2013
NATO pledges of massive amounts of cash aid to the Afghan government require a rethink, according to Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko, who warns that the Afghan government has no capacity to manage such funds. Corruption in Afghanistan is at almost cartoonishly absurd levels, with roughly half the nation on the hook for at least one bribe in any given year and the bribes totally about double the Afghan government’s legitimate revenue. Doling out billions upon billions…
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Diluted Emanuel Ethics Proposal Finally Gets Nod In Chicago

Posted on February12, 2013
Chicago aldermen on Monday endorsed Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed changes to city ethics rules, but only after the mayor watered down his proposal three times to satisfy City Council members who said they were wary of false complaints. Under the proposal now set for routine approval Wednesday, the legislative inspector general would not be able to investigate anonymous complaints against aldermen or their staff members — as the city's executive inspector general can do in the case of the mayor…
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Proposed Job-Performance Survey Raises Concerns From Inspector General Supporters

Posted on February11, 2013
Palm Beach County’s government watchdog faces an online popularity test that could factor into whether she gets to keep her job. Inspector General Sheryl Steckler’s four-year contract ends in 2014 and by the end of this year she is supposed to get notice about whether the county plans to make a change. To help make that decision, a committee of county officials that reviews Steckler’s work has called for posting an online survey to gather public comment about her job…
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Homeland Security Inspector General says $7.6 million for Nature Center’s Katrina repairs should be revoked

Posted on February08, 2013
The federal Department of Homeland Security Inspector General's Office has recommended that $7.6 million in FEMA grant money set aside to rebuild the Katrina-damaged and still-shuttered Audubon Louisiana Nature Center in eastern New Orleans be rescinded. It said the money was improperly promised to the city-controlled Audubon Commission, and not the private, nonprofit Audubon Nature Institute, which operated the center before Katrina. The center in Joe W. Brown Park included a science center, a planetarium and a 2-mile-long boardwalk, all…
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