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NYPD’s Inspector General: “Broken Windows” Policy Doesn’t Work

Posted on June23, 2016
NYPD's Police Commissioner, Bill Bratton, believes in "broken windows" policing. This policy is all about targeting the low-level quality-of-life-crimes, in hopes of reducing more serious crimes. However, the NYPD's Inspector General says that this doesn't work. The Office of the Inspector General conducted an independent examination of more than 2 million quality-of-life criminal summonses and misdemeanor arrests between 2010 and 2015. During that time, the number of quality-of-life summonses dramatically declined but felony crime did not increase. The NYPD's response…
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Brevard County Citizen Requests Inspector General, Commissioners Against the Idea

Posted on June15, 2016
A citizen that lives in Brevard County, Florida requested that the county government, establish an Inspector General position. The majority of the commissioners implied they were against the idea with a no vote on the proposal. Viera resident Pam La Salle asked commissioners to put the proposal for the inspector general on the November ballot for residents to consider. “I would like it because it’s going to give us better government,” La Salle said. County Commissioner Trudie Infantini said she…
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FDA Officials Lack Urgency with Recall of Contaminated Food

Posted on June09, 2016
Officials from the Food and Drug Administration failed to force a quick recall of peanut butter and almond food products after the confirmation of salmonella contamination. Despite new legal powers to compel recalls and sophisticated technology to fingerprint pathogens, the Food and Drug Administration allowed some food-safety investigations to drag on, placing consumers in jeopardy of death or serious illness, according to the inspector general's office at the Department of Health and Human Services. In an unusual urgent warning called…
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Former Legislative Inspector General to Head Project Six

Posted on June03, 2016
The former Chicago City Council Inspector General, Faisal Khan, is back in the investigative seat. He served as City Council's Legislative watchdog and is now heading up Project Six, a new government monitoring organization. Project Six describes itself as an "independent, non-profit organization dedicated to investigating, exposing and ending government corruption in Chicago and across Illinois." It was initiated by and is affiliated with the libertarian-leaning think tank Illinois Policy Institute, an organization that has received more than $500,000 from…
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According to OIG, USDA Needs to Improve Conservation Compliance Reviews

Posted on May09, 2016
The USDA's Office of Inspector General says that the officials of the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) need to work on improving how they conduct their random conversation compliance reviews. According to OIG, only the producers enrolled in one FSA program - the Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP), which wasn't re-authorized by the 2014 farm bill - were subject to random sample reviews from 2012-2014, even though all recipients of payments, loans or other…
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OIG Makes $30.1 million Recommendation to CMS

Posted on April28, 2016
The Office of Inspector General has restated its recommendation to The Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that they should match Medicaid reimbursement rates for HME to Medicare rates. Lowered reimbursement rates could result in approximately $30.1 million in potential savings for states and the federal government, according to the OIG. CMS concurred with the OIG’s recommendation. The agency says it has sought legislative authority to make the changes but additional congressional action is needed. Read More: HME News
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Michael Missal is the New Inspector General for the Department of Veterans Affairs

Posted on April22, 2016
During the week of April 20th, 2016, the Senate unanimously voted in Michael Missal as the new Inspector General for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The vote comes at a time of reform at the VA, two years after it became embroiled in the latest ongoing scandal involving extended patient wait times, and VA medical centers were caught destroying or altering data to cover up veterans were waiting for months or even years for appointments with doctors. Some veterans died…
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Department of Health and Human Services Failed to Implement Inspector General Recommendations

Posted on April15, 2016
The Department of Health and Human Services' was warned by their OIG back in 2013 about not having enough security measures in place to prevent health record fraud. But despite these warnings in December 2013, the HHS still has not adequately tackled the issue of hospitals failing to employ safeguards and prevent electronic health record fraud and abuse via recommended tools already in place, OIG says. Former hospital chief financial officer Joe White, was ordered to pay $4.4 million in…
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Inspector General Reports Massachusetts Lost $1 Million in Toll Revenue

Posted on April08, 2016
The Office of Inspector General reported that Massachusetts lost nearly $1 million in toll revenue because they allowed employees, and retirees of the Massachusetts DOT to pass through tollbooths without paying. The report stated that more than $985,000 was lost in toll revenue between Nov. 1, 2009 and Aug. 31, 2015. MassDOT employees, retirees and employees of other public agencies were given non-revenue transponders and paid Massachusetts Turnpike Authority cards to pass through toll plazas without paying. Jack Meyers, senior…
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OIG Finds that the Department of Veteran’s Affairs has Failed to Meet Several Health IT Security Protocols

Posted on March24, 2016
The Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA), has failed to meet several health IT security protocols that are part of the Federal Information Security Management Act and Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). This happened during their efforts to update its Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VISTA). This all came public knowledge during a hearing held last week when Brent Arronte of the VA gave the Office of the Inspector General’s testimony, stating that VA has failed to…
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