Monthly Archives: April 2013

Millions in stimulus spending violated Buy America Act, Inspector General states

Posted on April30, 2013
Environmental Protection Agency officials overseeing a stimulus-funded wastewater treatment plant bought $3.8 million in foreign-made parts and won’t return the money or change the rules for using foreign parts in Recovery Act projects, according to the EPA Office of the Inspector General. A two-year dispute between the EPA and the OIG has left the question unresolved long after the money was spent. In March 2011, the OIG inspected the wastewater plant in Ottawa, Ill., and determined several European and Korean-made…
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Ohio Inspector General Wants Arrest Powers to Fight Fraud

Posted on April26, 2013
Ohio Inspector General Randy Myers is supposed to be responsible to uncovering wrongdoing in state government. So how’s that going? Well, as Joseph points out time and again, we are still waiting on a report on the biggest wrongdoing in state government from the past decade, coingate. The Inspector General seems to spend much of his time covering up for the Kasich Administration. In one report, the IG found that Kasich staffers did not do anything wrong when they attempted…
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United States Special Fraud Alert released: Increased Government Scrutiny Of Physician-Owned Device Distributorships

Posted on April25, 2013
On March 26, 2013, the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) increased its scrutiny of and pressure on physician-owned entities (particularly medical device distributorships) by issuance of a Special Fraud Alert. Although there is nothing specifically new or different from positions taken previously by the OIG regarding physician-owned distributorships (PODs), the Special Fraud Alert clarifies that the "OIG is concerned about the proliferation of PODs." In other words, the position previously adopted…
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Inspector General bill for St. Tammany Parish will not be filed

Posted on April24, 2013
A bill to create an inspector general's position for St. Tammany Parish will not be submitted for the current legislative session as planned due to home-rule charter and constitutional concerns, state Sen. A.G. Crowe announced Wednesday. Crowe, R-Pearl River, said he will introduce a Senate resolution to form a task force to come up with a state law to create the IG office. The formation of the task force will not delay the creation of the watchdog office, and the…
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What is Rahmshaming in the Chicago Inspector General Office

Posted on April24, 2013
If City Hall's inspector general can't get City Hall to cough up the records needed to investigate suspected wrongdoing at City Hall, what recourse does he have? Why, he can take it up with the guy who runs City Hall. That's the wholly unsatisfactory resolution of a six-year legal battle decided last month by the Illinois Supreme Court — to the great frustration of Inspector General Joe Ferguson, who still wants those documents. Heeding the court's ruling, Ferguson asked Mayor…
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Los Angeles County screening candidates for Sheriff’s Inspector General job

Posted on April24, 2013
For the first time ever, an inspector general will provide oversight of the Sheriff's Department starting this summer, more than a year after scandal broke out over deputies allegedly beating inmates at county jails. Hiring an inspector general was one of the key recommendations of the blue-ribbon Commission on Jail Violence in October, which said the position should have "unfettered access" to the department and report directly to the county Board of Supervisors. County spokesman David Sommers said a headhunter…
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Jefferson Parish Inspector General finds community eager for change

Posted on April24, 2013
How hungry are the residents, officials and business people in Jefferson Parish for change? Newly minted Inspector General David McClintock said he’s been on the job for a little more than a month, and he’s already received a double handful of tips and leads despite not having an office, staff or publicly published number. That hunger has been somewhat surprising to McClintock as he’s tried to build Jefferson Parish’s first Inspector General’s Office from scratch. McClintock said people in Baltimore…
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The Benefits of the Case Management & Tracking System for Fraud, Waste & Abuse

Posted on April23, 2013
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L.A. County screening candidates for sheriff’s inspector general job

Posted on April12, 2013
For the first time ever, an inspector general will provide oversight of the Sheriff's Department starting this summer, more than a year after scandal broke out over deputies allegedly beating inmates at county jails. Hiring an inspector general was one of the key recommendations of the blue-ribbon Commission on Jail Violence in October, which said the position should have "unfettered access" to the department and report directly to the county Board of Supervisors. County spokesman David Sommers said a headhunter…
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Inspector General is inspecting Mayor Muoio

Posted on April11, 2013
West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, under investigation by the county’s Office of Inspector General, made a preemptive strike today by announcing the investigation herself before it became public. Muoio said she is not legally allowed to disclose the nature of the investigation until it is completed. Inspector General Sheryl Steckler also said she could not comment. Sources told The Palm Beach Post that the investigation centers around Muoio appointing board members in 2011 to the city’s Affordable Housing Advisory…
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