Monthly Archives: March 2013

Inspector General letter raises concerns about ATF’s storefront sting in Milwaukee

Posted on March27, 2013
The Justice Department's inspector general said a flawed undercover sting in Milwaukee appears to raise "significant management issues relating to the oversight and management" of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to a letter sent to congressional leaders. Inspector General Michael Horowitz, whose office does independent investigations, wrote that problems revealed in the Milwaukee operation by a Journal Sentinel investigation are of particular concern given the agency's failures in its Operation Fast and Furious. In that…
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Illinois State Supreme Court Rules With Mayor’s Office Against Chicago Inspector General

Posted on March26, 2013
The officer charged with ferreting out injustice in city government ultimately answers to the mayor when it comes to enforcing his subpoenas, the state’s highest court ruled this week, even when his investigation involves the mayor’s office. Inspector General Joe Ferguson blasted the Illinois Supreme Court’s unanimous decision. “With today's ruling,” he said in a statement, “the public and the City Council should now know that the Inspector General office has access only to the records and materials the mayor…
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New Orleans Inspector General urges in-house collection of late taxes

Posted on March25, 2013
New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux said that using a contractor to collect delinquent property taxes in 2010 ended up costing the city more than if the work had been done in house. “We found inflated costs and services with unproven effectiveness in the City’s delinquent tax collection program,’’ Quatrevaux said in a news release that accompanied a report made public Thursday. The report recommended handling the work in-house and, failing that, issuing a new request for proposals for the…
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U.S. Army Africa Inspector General Soldiers travel to Liberia

Posted on March22, 2013
CAMP SANDEE WARE, Liberia – Recently, a two-man traveling contact team (TCT) from U.S. Army Africa Inspector General’s Office shared professional knowledge with 18 officers and NCOs of Armed Forces of Liberia during a week-long engagement. At the request of the AFL, Capt. James Watson and Sgt. 1st Class Bobby Conn journeyed to Camp Sandee Ware, near Monrovia, Liberia, to assist in development of an Inspector General cell. According to Watson, AFL is a relatively newly formed and compact organization.…
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Invest in your Investigations of Fraud, Waste & Abuse

Posted on March21, 2013
WingSwept is now scheduling onsite Case Management demonstrations to manage and track fraud, waste and abuse in the Inspectors General community. Please visit the registration page on the secure website at http://oigcasemanagement.com/demo_registration.php. WingSwept is now reserving blocks of time for in-person demonstrations of the Case Management & Tracking System taking place on April 10, 2013 in Washington, DC. Please fill out the form below to find out more information or to schedule a demonstration. April 10, 2013 L'Enfant Plaza Hotel 480…
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NYPD Inspector General Plan Moves Forward, But Political Jockeying Continues

Posted on March21, 2013
The intense jockeying around the proposed law to create an NYPD inspector general continues, even after New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced on Tuesday afternoon that she had reached a "broad agreement" with its sponsors. The inspector general would have oversight of controversial police practices like stop-and-frisk. After Quinn's announcement, a spokesman for New York City Public Advocate -- and Quinn mayoral foe -- Bill de Blasio said his "line in the sand" from a press conference Tuesday…
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The OIG: What you don’t know about fraud can hurt you

Posted on March20, 2013
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is a 1,700-member institution within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that is charged with detecting fraud and abuse and “holding accountable those who do not meet program requirements or who violate Federal laws.” In other words, the OIG is the investigative and enforcement arm of HHS and its programs, including but not limited to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the FDA. The OIG spends most of…
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As sequestration cuts loom, unimplemented IG recommendations could save billions

Posted on March18, 2013
Over the past few years, unimplemented agency inspector general recommendations that could potentially save the government billions of dollars have piled up. Now, with $85 billion in automatic budget cuts kicking in, lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are telling agencies there's no excuse for them to further delay implementing the cost-saving measures and best practices identified by their IGs. In 2009, there were 10,894 open IG recommendations, according to a report released by the oversight committee…
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Bill calls for Inspector General in Rhode Island

Posted on March15, 2013
A Rhode Island lawmaker wants to hold state officials and employees accountable. Senator James Sheehan has introduced legislation that would establish an Office of Inspector General in Rhode Island as an independent administrative agency. He says the purpose would be to prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse or mismanagement of public funds. "In light of an independent report recently presented to the governor that claims to have found waste in the state's Medicaid system, I believe it would be sound…
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WingSwept Now Scheduling: Onsite Fraud Case Management & Tracking Demonstrations in Washington D.C. for Office of Inspector General

Posted on March15, 2013
Please see the registration form here. WingSwept is now reserving blocks of time for in-person demonstrations of the Case Management & Tracking System taking place on April 10, 2013 in Washington, DC. Please fill out the form below to find out more information or to schedule a demonstration. April 10, 2013 L'Enfant Plaza Hotel 480 L'Enfant Plaza, SW Washington, DC 20024 *Located Directly Above L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station* It is important to go ahead and express interest due to limited…
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