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Push to Create IG for Affordable Care Act

Posted on May20, 2015
Representative Peter Roskam, R-IL., introduced legislation that would create a "special inspector general for monitoring the Affordable Care Act, or SIGMA." Since the implementation of the HealthCare.gov website nearly two years ago, the program has had reports of cost overruns, increased prices, and lost work hours. According to Roskam, the legislation "will force disclosure, and the public then has choices about how it wants to move forward." The bill has support from Tim Murphy, R-PA, Tom Cole, R-OK, Tom Marino…
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Bill Introduced to Require Federal Inspectors General to Make Findings Public

Posted on April28, 2015
In response to the failures at the Veterans Affairs Department, Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis) and every other House member from Wisconsin sponsored a bill that would "bar inspectors general in the federal government from keeping from the public the findings of their investigations." The bipartisan sponsorship could help the bill pass more easily. The inspector general at the VA did not release findings of an investigation into opiate prescriptions at facility in Wisconsin. Rep. Kind initiated the complaint that triggered…
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Amtrak Bill Adds More IG Responsibility

Posted on March12, 2015
A new bill passed in the House of Representatives, the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015, clearly identifies the Amtrak Inspector General responsibilities "as it looks at Amtrak boarding procedures and provides a report on improvements." The bill will make it easier for the IG to consider boarding issues for passengers bringing on non-motorized transportation. In the past, Amtrak has fallen short in meeting ADA requirements. This bill encompasses wheel chair access as well as bicycles and other…
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Senators Seeking to Improve Inspector General Power

Posted on March05, 2015
Senators Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) proposed a new bill that would give "inspectors general more tools to investigate agencies and ferret out improper payments, and it helps ensure the independence of our federal watchdogs." Congress recently heard complaints for several federal inspectors general about stonewalls from agencies during investigations. In addition to the new bill, the senators sent letters to 72 federal inspectors general requesting information about unimplemented recommendations or interference from agencies in…
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OIG Wants Further Reach for Medicare Frauds

Posted on June21, 2010
This article describes why the OIG of the Department of Health and Human Services is urging congress to allow them to have authority over people who leave a company that has commited Medicare fraud.  Currently, an executive can leave a company and find a new job while the fruad falls only on the company itself.
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