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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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Broward County School Board Wants to Hire Inspector General

Posted on May20, 2016
On May 17, 2016, members of the Broward County School Board asked their staff to investigate the idea of hiring an inspector general. Board member Laurie Rich Levinson, who brought forward the idea, said extra scrutiny was needed as the district starts construction work through its $800 million voter-approved bond. She also pointed to recent issues, including a $3.5 million budget shortfall in the district's police department. Other board members agreed extra layers of oversight would be beneficial. "We're being…
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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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Inspector General Revealed that the Sewerage and Water Board has Major Money Problems

Posted on March11, 2016
The New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux released a report on March 9, 2016 that states that the Sewerage & Water Board failed to follow up on delinquent accounts. It stated that this was happening because of the lack of training and awareness of the collections policy. Those delinquent accounts, which were probed in early 2014, totaled more than $10 million. Cedric Grant, Executive Director of the Sewerage and Water Board, rejected Quatrevaux’s findings. “We try to work with [delinquent…
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Bill Passed To Create Office of Inspector General for Government of Idaho

Posted on February26, 2016
A bipartisan inspector general bill has been passed by the House State Affairs Committee to create an office of inspector general for the government of Idaho. This legislation was co-sponsored by Rep. John Rusche, D-Moscow, and Representative Lynn Luker, R-Boise. This new office will handle and receive all complaints of waste, fraud or corruption within the government. “Currently, there’s nowhere for an employee or another who has concern about fraud, waste or misuse to take the complaint,” Rusche told the…
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Inspector General Report Reveals Security Issues with U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Posted on February19, 2016
Inspectors visited U.S. Customs and Border Protection's facilities located on the Southwest border and found several security issues. They investigated seven of the 11 facilities, known as “Forward Operating Bases,” in the El Paso, Rio Grande Valley and Tucson regions. Three of the 11 were not operational at the time of the inspection. Six of the seven facilities had security lapses, such as inoperable cameras as well as ongoing challenges with providing safe drinking water to personnel. One of the…
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