Monthly Archives: May 2015

U.S. Postal Service IG Explores Banking Business

Posted on May26, 2015
The U.S. Postal Service Inspector General has issued a report suggesting that "the agency should enter or boost offerings in certain parts of the banking business." The report includes international money transfers as a possible expansion area for the Postal Service. Currently, the agency only allows customers to wire money to nine Latin American countries. The current options only include four of the top ten countries abroad where Americans send money. Another option suggested is that the Postal Service join…
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Inspector General Reform Act of 2015 Sent for Consideration

Posted on May22, 2015
A new bill has been approved by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to give inspectors general more subpoena power. Currently, "federal employees who choose to retire rather than face internal punishment" cannot be compelled to give testimony. This has limited the ability of the OIG to fully investigate employees if they are no longer employed by the agency. The new legislation proposes given inspectors general "the power to subpoena former federal employees and contractors to testify in cases…
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Push to Create IG for Affordable Care Act

Posted on May20, 2015
Representative Peter Roskam, R-IL., introduced legislation that would create a "special inspector general for monitoring the Affordable Care Act, or SIGMA." Since the implementation of the website nearly two years ago, the program has had reports of cost overruns, increased prices, and lost work hours. According to Roskam, the legislation "will force disclosure, and the public then has choices about how it wants to move forward." The bill has support from Tim Murphy, R-PA, Tom Cole, R-OK, Tom Marino…
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Investigation into $70 Million in Overdue Mine Safety Fines

Posted on May18, 2015
The Labor Department Inspector General is conducting an audit of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) following the circulation of a NPR and Mine Safety and Health News series. The series "reported failure of federal regulators to collect nearly $70 million in overdue safety fines. Most are two to 10 years late; some go back decades." In addition to breaking down the number of delinquent mine owners violations, the series found that the injury rate was 50% higher at…
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TSA Under Scrutiny from DHS Inspector General

Posted on May16, 2015
The U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing to discuss "Transportation Security: Are Our Airports Safe?" Three witnesses offered their opinions on the current state of the Transportation Security Agency (TSA). All witnesses were concerned the the agency was not meeting current expectations. U.S. Department of Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth discussed audits conducted that repeatedly find "vulnerabilities caused by human and technology based failures." He made a strong point that "TSA faces a…
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Defense IG Announces New Principal Deputy Inspector General

Posted on May15, 2015
Following the recent departure of Lynne Halbrooks as Principal Deputy Inspector General for the Department of Defense, Inspector General Jon T. Rymer has "announced the selection of Mr. Glenn A. Fine" to the position. Fine will officially begin his duties June 1, 2015. Most recently, Fine worked in the private sector as a partner at Dechert LLP. While there, his focus was White Collar & Security Litigation. Prior to that position, Fine was Inspector General of the U.S. Department of…
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Montreal Whistleblower Complaints Triple After OIG Office Created

Posted on May12, 2015
The number of whistle-blowing complaints about wrongdoing at the city of Montreal nearly tripled in 2014 with the creation of the city’s corruption watchdog, the inspector general. Six of the 308 complaints received through Montreal’s whistle-blowing hotline, which is now managed by Inspector General Denis Gallant’s office, were transferred to Quebec’s permanent anti-corruption squad, UPAC, for investigation, Gallant’s first report as inspector general reveals. Read more at The Montreal Gazette.
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New Inspector General Named for Illinois Executive Office

Posted on May07, 2015
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has announced a new Inspector General to serve in the position vacated by Ricardo Meza in April. Maggie Hickey will take over the position July 13. Prior to her appointment, Hickey "worked in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois" and as chief of staff to Republican U.S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald of Illinois. She has specialized in financial crimes and special prosecution, "where she prosecuted crimes such as health care fraud, money laundering,…
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