Monthly Archives: May 2014

Springfield City Council to weigh need for inspector general

Posted on May27, 2014
Several aldermen are pushing for reinstating an inspector general position to investigate reported wrongdoing in city government.  While details such as how exactly the program would be structured and the cost aren’t entirely clear, aldermen have emphasized the need for additional oversight. Read the entire article at The State Journal-Register
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NYPD Inspector General to start work next week, have a staff of 43

Posted on May23, 2014
Department of Investigation commissioner Mark Peters said the IG, Phil Eure, will start work May 27 and will ultimately head up a large unit. He said Eure, who comes from a job heading Washington D.C.' s Office of Police Complaints, has begun interviewing candidates for top jobs, and both he and Eure have met with police commissioner Bill Bratton and other NYPD brass. Read the entire article at NY Daily News 
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VA probe expands

Posted on May22, 2014
The inspector general for the Department of Veterans Affairs has expanded its investigation to include 26 facilities around the country accused of mismanagement and hiding long wait times. The Associated Press reported that Inspector General Richard Griffin said last week that allegations at 10 new facilities had surfaced since initial reports about a Phoenix facility's attempt to disguise long wait times for veterans using a secret wait list. Read the entire article at The Hill
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Inspector probes possible ‘turnaround’ conflict

Posted on May19, 2014
The CPS inspector general is investigating whether alleged conflicts of interest should have prevented 2 Board of Education members from voting to “turn around” 3 struggling Chicago schools. Azcoitia, appointed to the board in Dec. 2012, voted last May to reconstitute 5 elementary schools and turn them over to AUSL, according to Board records. Read the entire article at The Chicago Sun-Times
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Internal government watchdog system broken, experts say

Posted on May16, 2014
The Senate report indicates that at least one of the allegations in the OSC letter was potentially criminal -- that Edwards permanently deleted 51 days of his emails between Feb. and March 2012 in connection with an “ongoing DOJ investigation of an [Office of Inspector General] field office. ” The nature of the DOJ investigation of the OIG office is unclear in the report. Read entire article at The Washington Examiner
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The DOJ’s perpetual prosecutor problem

Posted on May12, 2014
Every single Justice Department inspector general who has led the office since it was created a quarter century ago agreed Tues. that misconduct allegations against federal prosecutors should be handled by the department’s top watchdog and not by a separate internal unit that operates under the attorney general. Unlike those in other major federal agencies, the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General isn’t allowed to investigate alleged misconduct by a massive chunk of the department’s employees. Read the entire…
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Manager on troubled Lowell Housing Authority project retires

Posted on May12, 2014
When asked about Cashman's retirement, LHA Executive Director Gary Wallace said he can't comment on personnel matters. According to the HUD Office of the Inspector General, the subcontractors who hired Cashman's son were Burl Fence of Billerica and Marc L'Heureux Plumbing of Dracut. One source interviewed by special agents told The Sun they were asked about the HUD IG's finding that Cashman's son was hired by 2 LHA subcontractors during a construction project. Read the entire article at The Lowell…
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Palm Beach County inspector general to come from Defense Intelligence Agency

Posted on May09, 2014
A former Marine who has served as a top in-house investigator for the Marine Corps, the director of national intelligence and the Defense Department has been chosen as the new Palm Beach County inspector general. John Carey, the inspector general for the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, was chosen over 6 other finalists. Read the entire article at The Palm Beach Post.
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OIG: Duke University Hospital Overbilled Medicare $626k

Posted on May05, 2014
A new report from the HHS Office of Inspector General found Duke University Hospital, the 924-bed teaching facility in Durham, N.C., and flagship of Duke Medicine, must repay $626,133 in Medicare overpayments. Read the entire article at Becker's Hospital Review
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Inspector general: No evidence that unemployment numbers were manipulated

Posted on May02, 2014
The Commerce Department's inspector general says his investigation has found no evidence to support allegations that the U.S. unemployment rate was manipulated ahead of the 2012 election. In a report released Thurs., Commerce's inspector general said that falsifying the unemployment rate would have required a conspiracy among 78 field representatives in the Philadelphia office. Read the entire article at Shreveport Times
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