Monthly Archives: December 2014

Pentagon’s Inspector General Gains Role Overseeing Fight With ISIS

Posted on December30, 2014
The U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is getting its own Inspector Heneral to oversee government spending as costs top the $1 billion mark. Jon T. Rymer, the Pentagon's Inspector General, will serve as the lead Inspector General for Operation Inherent Resolve, his office announced Monday. Read More at The Hill .
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USPS OIG Finds Inefficiencies For Sunday Deliveries

Posted on December28, 2014
The United States Postal Service's Office of Inspector General released a report on the inefficiencies found in handling Sunday deliveries. Most of these deliveries are for major customer Amazon. The report found that policies and procedures were not enforced by supervisors. The OIG inspected 134 hubs that provided Sunday delivery and found that because of several inefficiencies, deliveries took 17,446 more hours than expected during a one month period. As the USPS begins to expand Sunday deliveries, these holes and…
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HHS OIG Recovers Nearly $5 Billion in 2014

Posted on December22, 2014
America's taxpayers are expected to see $4.9 billion in improperly spent Federal health care dollars returned to the Government from oversight and investigations conducted this year by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), according to a report issued this month. The $4.9 billion in expected recoveries for FY 2014 consist of nearly $834.7 million in program audits and about $4.1 billion in investigative work - which includes about $1.1 billion in…
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Chicago Public Schools Board of Education Announces new IG

Posted on December19, 2014
Nicholas J. Schuler Jr. was formally appointed as the new inspector general for Chicago Public Schools on December 8, 2014. Prior to the appointment, he served as deputy inspector general since 2010 and interim inspector general since June 2014. School board President David Vitale said, "Since joining the Office of Inspector General in 2010, Nick Schuler has dedicated himself to ensuring integrity in Chicago Public Schools by conducting thorough investigations into allegations of waste, fraud and financial mismanagement." His first…
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Former DHS-OIG Special Agent in Charge Sentenced to Prison

Posted on December18, 2014
A former agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General has been sentenced to three years in prison following a 2013 indictment in Texas for falsifying records and obstruction of justice. The indictment came after a September 2011 internal inspection of the McAllen Field Office. Prior to the inspection, Special Agent in Charge Eugenio Pedraza instructed subordinates to "engage in a scheme to falsify documents in open criminal investigative case files, including numerous investigations in…
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Newly Created NYPD IG Asked to Review Police Misconduct

Posted on December12, 2014
The New York Police Department OIG was created last year and works at the direction of the City Council. In response to the recent death of a New York man during an arrest, the City Council has requested a probe into how the NYPD tracks, monitors, and addresses alleged abuses. Appointed in March, this will be the first known investigation for IG Philip Eure. Additionally, the City Council will also expand the Civilian Complaint Review Board to include more neighborhood…
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IG Investigates Baltimore’s Speed Camera Program

Posted on December10, 2014
Inspector General Robert H. Pearre Jr. has released a report accusing a former official in the mayor's office of inappropriate activity favoring a camera vendor for the speed camera program. The IG wrote that the mayor's former chief of staff "knowingly used the influence of his office to benefit the best interests of Xerox contrary to the interests of the city and taxpayers." The now defunct program is also being investigated by the City Council. It was discontinued in April…
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Treasury IG Finds Millions In Bogus Tax Claims By Prisoners

Posted on December05, 2014
Hundreds of thousands of prisoners are filing phony tax refund claims and the IRS is not doing enough to quash the problem, according to a watchdog report. According to the report, more than 137,000 phony tax returns were filed in 2012 using a prisoner’s Social Security number to the tune of $1 billion. While many of the fake refunds were flagged and prevented by the agency, the IRS issued $70 million in bogus refunds. Read More at Fox News
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