Monthly Archives: November 2012

Chicago Legislative IG Faisal Khan to aldermen: ‘I’m gonna do my job’

Posted on November29, 2012
The City Council’s handpicked inspector general fired back Wednesday against aldermen who claim that he overstepped his limited authority — and embarked on a fishing expedition — with a demand for time sheets for all full- and part-time City Council employees dating back to November 2010. Faisal Khan refused to explain why he requested those records, nor would he say whether aldermen were stonewalling his request for employee records. The former New York City inspector general said he’s legally prohibited…
Read more at FedTech Magazine

Jefferson Parish Inspector General Search Down to Four Finalists

Posted on November28, 2012
Almost three years after Aaron Broussard resigned the parish presidency in a corruption scandal, Jefferson Parish's Inspector General search is focusing on four finalists with current experience in government oversight. The inspector general board has decided to interview: David Holmgren of Lorton, Va., the U.S. Treasury Department's Deputy Inspector General for inspections and evaluations at the Internal Revenue Service. A retired Air Force officer, Holmgren also has worked as inspector general for the Office of Naval Intelligence and Navy Installations…
Read more at FedTech Magazine

Kentucky Office of Inspector General, Division of Health Care Newsletter Released

Posted on November27, 2012
Kentucky Office of Inspector General, Division of Health Care Newsletter Issue: #11-2012 November 2012 Welcome to the Office of Inspector General, Division of Health Care's November 2012 edition of the Long Term Care Provider Newsletter. This newsletter is a valuable vehicle to update you on current events affecting Long Term Care. The Office of Inspector General is Kentucky's regulatory agency for licensing all health care, day care and long-term care facilities and child adoption/child-placing agencies in the commonwealth.  If you…
Read more at FedTech Magazine

Inspector General News Announces LinkedIn Group

Posted on November20, 2012
Here you will find a wide range of relevant I.G. news, which will consolidate your time in viewing relevant information in one specific location. Comments are always encouraged and thanks for visiting! We have found that it is difficult to find current news investigating fraud, waste and abuse, much less all located in one place on the web. Request to Join Inspector General News at this link.  
Read more at FedTech Magazine

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell Signs Executive Order for Citizen Hotline on Fraud, Waste and Abuse

Posted on November19, 2012
As part of his government reform initiatives to make Virginia state agencies run more efficiently and effectively, Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed Executive Order Number 52 (2012) establishing the State Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline for use by citizens. The State Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Hotline was previously available only to state employees who wished to report fraud and abuse. “The wise stewardship of taxpayer dollars demands constant vigilance to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse in the operations of state…
Read more at FedTech Magazine

AIDS Healthcare Foundation Blasts The Global Fund for “Hatchet Job” In Firing Inspector General

Posted on November16, 2012
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) criticized the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), on the news that the Fund has fired John Parsons, the Funds Inspector General. Parsons, a 35-year veteran in auditing global health and other programs, had found numerous instances of fraud and abuse in the Fund’s grants to countries. The Global Fund is an international organization set up to provide funding to poorer countries that do not have the financial or political ability to combat…
Read more at FedTech Magazine

The Global Fund Terminates the Employment of its Inspector General

Posted on November15, 2012
The Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced today that it had decided to terminate the employment of its Inspector General, John Parsons. The Board decision came after a careful review of his performance, which was found to be unsatisfactory. Mr. Parsons was responsible for overseeing audits and investigations by the Office of the Inspector General, whose mission is to provide the Global Fund with independent and objective assurance over the design and effectiveness of…
Read more at FedTech Magazine

Inspector General Is Crucial in the Rebuilding of Afghanistan

Posted on November14, 2012
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John F. Sopko, who took over on July 2, 2012, has made significant progress in the short period of time he has been in charge.  In October, a SIGAR investigation found that an Afghan contractor had “failed to install metal grates to prevent insurgents from planting improvised explosive devices (IEDs) inside culverts.” Upon further investigation, it was found that some grates were improperly or poorly installed while others were not installed at all.…
Read more at FedTech Magazine

An Inspector General for the NYPD?

Posted on November13, 2012
"There is no need for an Inspector General in New York because crime is at an all-time low and the department is working well under its current leadership."  - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg referring to Introduction 881 -- a New York City Council bill that would create a NYPD Inspector General office with the responsibility of providing independent oversight of the NYPD as well as assessing the impact of its practices on the rights of New Yorkers. Mayor…
Read more at FedTech Magazine

Texas Attorney General’s Office Secures $19.9 Million Agreement with Drug Maker over Medicaid Fraud Allegations

Posted on November12, 2012
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today announced the resolution of a civil Medicaid fraud enforcement action against Swiss-based pharmaceutical drug company Novartis for unlawful and deceptive marketing of a topical skin cream product. Under today’s agreement, Novartis must pay a total of $19.9 million to resolve the State of Texas and the federal government’s allegations of off-label marketing. Texas’ share of the settlement proceeds is $6,638,250. The State’s investigation revealed that Novartis unlawfully marketed eczema drug Elidel to treat infant…
Read more at FedTech Magazine