Monthly Archives: August 2014

LA Unified Inspector General reopens probe into Pearson and Apple products.

Posted on August29, 2014
The inspector general of the Los Angeles Unified School Distict is reopening an investigation into the purchase of iPads and Pearson software based on findings in a KPCC investigation into communication between district officials and those companies nearly a year ahead of a public bid.   After reviewing more than 1,000 internal emails over several days, KPCC found Superintendent John Deasy and his staff communicated closely with executives at Pearson about purchasing learning  software under development for the iPad.  A…
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Over half of federal government’s Inspector Generals warn of obstruction by federal agencies

Posted on August28, 2014
At least three federal agencies have hindered the oversight efforts of independent watchdogs by limiting their access to records, according to a complaint from more than half of the government’s inspectors general.  The inspectors general, several of whom were nominated for their roles by President Obama, said such interpretations of the law represent “potentially serious challenges to the authority of every Inspector General and our ability to conduct our work thoroughly, independently, and in a timely manner.”   Read more at the…
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Over Half of Separation Clauses at International Relief and Development Violate Whistleblower Laws According to Inspector General

Posted on August19, 2014
A federal inspector general said Thursday that more than half of the separation agreements signed by departing employees of a nonprofit that received hundreds of millions of tax dollars to work in Iraq and Afghanistan contain provisions that violate whistleblower-protection laws.  The separation agreements warned employees that they could face legal action if they made disparaging remarks about IRD, including comments to "funding agencies" or "officials of any government."   Read more at Stars and Stripes
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Attorney Sentenced to 70 Months In Jail For $28 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Posted on August15, 2014
A disbarred Florida attorney was sentenced in federal court in Tampa, Florida today to serve 70 months in prison in connection with her role in a $28.3 million Medicare fraud scheme involving false claims for physical and occupational therapy services.  The case is being investigated by HHS-OIG and the FBI and was brought as part of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, under the supervision of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of…
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