Monthly Archives: January 2015

New Inspector General Named for Texas HHSC

Posted on January29, 2015
Stuart W. Bowen Jr. has been named new inspector general for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission by Governor Greg Abbott. Bowen has previous experience as the former inspector general for Iraq reconstruction. The Office of the Inspector General has been troubled with questions about leadership from Governor Rick Perry. Appointing a new inspector general is the first step in renewing trust in the agency. Read more at Statesman
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Newark Leaders Creating Civilian Review Board Headed by Inspector General

Posted on January27, 2015
Mayor Ras Baraka announced plans to draft an executive order to create a Civilian Review Board. The board will be made up of nine members, including an inspector general. A federal report found the Newark Police Department "routinely engaged in excessive force and violated citizen's constitutional rights." The new civilian complaint review board will have the power to investigate police officers and issue subpoenas, but may only recommend punishment, not enforce it. According to a Newark councilman, "as long as…
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Spending on Renovations for CFPB Building Skyrocket

Posted on January26, 2015
The cost of renovations for the building the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rents have more than doubled the original estimates. The work on the Washington building has had many delays as costs skyrocket. The original estimate was just under $100 million, with new estimates closer to $215 million. The inspector general for the board of governors of the Federal Reserve has reviewed the project and reported that "approval of funding for the renovation was not in accordance with the…
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New Inspector General Office in Okaloosa County, Florida

Posted on January21, 2015
New Okaloosa County Clerk of Court J.D. Peacock has created a Department of Inspector General to strengthen oversight of the county’s finances. The new position will be held by Sam Scallan, who previously served as internal auditor for the clerk’s office. According to a proposed charter for the new department, the Inspector General’s investigative duties could include consulting with law enforcement agencies, placing county employees under oath and compelling employees to produce books, paper and other evidence. Read more at…
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Florida Whistle-Blower Wins Vindication

Posted on January20, 2015
Candace Carter, a former biological science technician at Canaveral National Seashore, has won a whistle-blower retaliation ruling. Carter first alerted the Office of Inspector General about misconduct including nepotism and contracting violations in 2011. After an initial investigation found wrongdoing, Carter again alerted the OIG in 2014 that the staff continued to split purchases to smaller dollar amounts to avoid competitive bids. While park officials will not comment because of privacy rights, additional training has been provided to the staff…
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Miami-Dade IG Uncovers Airport Insurance Scam

Posted on January09, 2015
A recent press release from Miami-Dade Inspector General Mary T. Cagle reported that the OIG investigation into insurance company Sabal Insurance Group had found over $400,000 in over-billing to Miami-Dade's airport and Quality Aircraft Services Inc. The insurance company and president, Ian Norris, were charged with five counts of grand theft after inflating prices for workers compensation and general liability insurance. The investigation was launched thanks to a whistle-blower who came forward and outlined the scheme. According to the warrant,…
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Chicago Public Schools IG Uncovers $870K Fraud

Posted on January06, 2015
Newly appointed Inspector General for the Chicago Public Schools, Nicholas Schuler realeased the district's annual report. Investigations revealed a billing scheme that netted a former employee over $870,000. The employee had assistance from vendors and business owners who created false invoices and multiple companies to cover the fraud. While the OIG focused on the billing fraud, the report also lists attendance policy issues, drop out rate cover ups, and other misconduct at individual schools. Schuler recommended implementing more consistent policies…
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DHS OIG Releases Report on FEMA Response to Hurricanes

Posted on January05, 2015
The Department of Homeland Security's OIG released a report stating that the federal government overpaid for disaster recovery after hurricanes in Florida by potentially $177.2 million. The audit tracked payments made following seven hurricanes in Florida from 2004-2005. The OIG found that the Florida department of FEMA that handled the disaster claims "did an inadequate job reviewing insurance plans, providing funds for damages that insurance should have covered." The audit also concluded that the Florida Recovery Office knew that private…
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NCUA IG to Investigate Recent Data Breach

Posted on January03, 2015
The National Credit Union Administration suffered a major security breach when an examiner lost a thumb drive containing information about members of the Palm Springs Federal Credit Union in October 2014. While the thumb drive did not contain PINs or passwords, it did contain names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and account numbers of the members. NCUA IG James Hagen will now conduct an audit to test the controls in place and why the NCUA initially concealed the breach. A spokesman…
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