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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Inspectors General Employ 3,501 Workers Who Can Carry Guns/Make Arrests

Posted on February25, 2013
The Census of Federal Law Enforcement Officers 2008, published by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics in June 2012, shows that of the 120,000 full-time law enforcement officers who are authorized to make arrests and carry firearms as federal employees, 3,501 are in the Offices of Inspectors General (OIG). Overall, “the number of federal officers in the United States increased by 15,000, or 14 percent, between 2004 and 2008,” the report states, adding that “33 of the…
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Seattle Fraud Fighters Recognized With National Award for Prosecutions of Benefit Fraud

Posted on November01, 2012
The Social Security Office of Inspector General anti-fraud team, including the team in Western Washington, is being recognized with a Commissioner’s Citation, the Social Security Administration’s top honor, for its outstanding work investigating and prosecuting government benefit fraud cases. In fiscal year 2012, the Western District of Washington led the nation in the number of convictions for benefit fraud and the total amount of restitution ordered. The award is for results in 2011, when Western Washington also led the nation…
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Critiques on Preparedness of WMD Attack

Posted on June03, 2010 reports that the Justice Department IG has applauded the FBI in its readiness in regards to a potential WMD attack while criticizing the rest of the Justice Department.  The DOJ's main mission is to prevent an attack from happening rather than responding to one, but the IG goes on to report how they are not fully prepared.  Read more about other possible weaknesses of a response to a real WMD terrorist attack.
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Department of Justice Falls Short According to the Inspector General

Posted on March31, 2010
The U.S. Department of Justice is being scrutinized for its efforts to fight identity theft, according to the Office of Inspector General and a report they released.  The IG's report analyzed the DOJ's data collection, and noted that the FBI quit collecting thorough data on ID theft in '07. "The report also found that the process of notifying identity theft victims of their rights under federal law was still not widely understood within the department. There was 'confusion among DOJ investigators,…
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