Monthly Archives: September 2014

How to Gain Funding for Projects at Government Agencies

Posted on September30, 2014
At many agencies, finding a great product to boost efficiency or improve results is far easier than the process to acquire the product. The economic downturn forced local and state governments to rein in spending, while the sequester had a similar effect at federal agencies. Additionally, Inspectors General offices face unique scrutiny – complex procurement processes are often put in place to protect against the perception of favoritism towards suppliers. There’s good news too, though. The more specific the procurement…
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Afghanistan Reconstruction IG: $6.5 Million in phone towers unused

Posted on September25, 2014
The top U.S. watchdog in Afghanistan wants answers on why the U.S. spent $6.5 million on six communication towers that aren’t being used and have so far led to one fatality. According to a letter from John F. Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, the State Department pressed ahead with the towers despite doubts about their usefulness to the Afghans and opposition from the Pentagon. Read more at The Washington Times
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EPA IG finds 90% of Diesel Reduction stimulus program was misspent

Posted on September23, 2014
Over 90 percent of funding for a diesel reduction program paid for by the stimulus law was misspent, according to a report by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG). An audit analyzing $26.3 million in funding to non-profit organizations and state governments meant to reduce truck emissions and create jobs found that the program had “significant financial management issues.” Read more at Fox News
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Citizens Property Insurance Corp. IG finds no ethics rules violations in recent departures

Posted on September18, 2014
  The Citizens Property Insurance Corporation's Inspector General Bruce Meeks found no improprieties in how three former executives left for employment with private firms that have ties to the state-backed insurer. However, Meeks recommended the insurer should consider clarifying parts of its ethics code, expand post-employment restrictions at the management level and include post-employment rules as part of ethics training for leadership. Read more at the Miami Herald.  
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Jacksonville’s City Council members want inspector general’s oversight to extend outside City Hall

Posted on September15, 2014
When it comes to identifying fraud, waste and abuse, some City Council members want to make sure the oversight isn’t just limited to City Hall. That’s why several council members pushing for the creation of an Office of Inspector General want to ensure if the watchdog office is created, it applies to all reaches of government — including the independent authorities, boards and constitutional officers.   Read More at The Daily Record.
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USDA oversight of Recovery Act spending faulted by OIG

Posted on September10, 2014
A USDA Inspector General's review has determined that the department was not sufficiently prepared to handle the mountain of cash - more than $28 billion -- that it was handed by the Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. As a result, the OIG said it uncovered a total of about $5 billion in questionable or unsupported costs which it said it has documented in 80 previous reports. The OIG audits resulted in 84 convictions and total recoveries of $11 million, and an…
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SSA OIG employees turn limited budget into 20-to-1 return on investment

Posted on September08, 2014
Some of New York's finest are behind bars for their involvement in a criminal ring to defraud the Social Security Administration. A group of 106 people, many of them New York City firefighters and police officers, pocketed $23.2 million in fraudulent disability claims from the SSA. Four of them created a legitimate-looking paper trail to try to dupe the agency, including two doctors, an attorney and a disability consultant. Despite their efforts, federal law enforcement rounded up the entire group. Read…
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