Former Legislative Inspector General to Head Project Six

Posted on June03, 2016
The former Chicago City Council Inspector General, Faisal Khan, is back in the investigative seat. He served as City Council's Legislative watchdog and is now heading up Project Six, a new government monitoring organization. Project Six describes itself as an "independent, non-profit organization dedicated to investigating, exposing and ending government corruption in Chicago and across Illinois." It was initiated by and is affiliated with the libertarian-leaning think tank Illinois Policy Institute, an organization that has received more than $500,000 from…
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Broward County School Board Wants to Hire Inspector General

Posted on May20, 2016
On May 17, 2016, members of the Broward County School Board asked their staff to investigate the idea of hiring an inspector general. Board member Laurie Rich Levinson, who brought forward the idea, said extra scrutiny was needed as the district starts construction work through its $800 million voter-approved bond. She also pointed to recent issues, including a $3.5 million budget shortfall in the district's police department. Other board members agreed extra layers of oversight would be beneficial. "We're being…
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OIG Report, NASA Can Still Improve Their Risk Assessment Process to Identify Improper Payments

Posted on May13, 2016
NASA's Office of Inspector General reports that NASA has met all the appropriate Office of Management and Budget (OMB) criteria for the ACT of fiscal year 2015. However, there is still belief that the agency can improve it's risk assessment process to help detect improper payments. In fiscal year (FY) 2015, the Federal Government made an estimated $137 billion in improper payments to individuals, organizations, and contractors, an increase of approximately $12 billion from FY 2014. An improper payment is…
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According to OIG, USDA Needs to Improve Conservation Compliance Reviews

Posted on May09, 2016
The USDA's Office of Inspector General says that the officials of the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) need to work on improving how they conduct their random conversation compliance reviews. According to OIG, only the producers enrolled in one FSA program - the Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP), which wasn't re-authorized by the 2014 farm bill - were subject to random sample reviews from 2012-2014, even though all recipients of payments, loans or other…
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OIG Makes $30.1 million Recommendation to CMS

Posted on April28, 2016
The Office of Inspector General has restated its recommendation to The Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that they should match Medicaid reimbursement rates for HME to Medicare rates. Lowered reimbursement rates could result in approximately $30.1 million in potential savings for states and the federal government, according to the OIG. CMS concurred with the OIG’s recommendation. The agency says it has sought legislative authority to make the changes but additional congressional action is needed. Read More: HME News
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Michael Missal is the New Inspector General for the Department of Veterans Affairs

Posted on April22, 2016
During the week of April 20th, 2016, the Senate unanimously voted in Michael Missal as the new Inspector General for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The vote comes at a time of reform at the VA, two years after it became embroiled in the latest ongoing scandal involving extended patient wait times, and VA medical centers were caught destroying or altering data to cover up veterans were waiting for months or even years for appointments with doctors. Some veterans died…
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Department of Health and Human Services Failed to Implement Inspector General Recommendations

Posted on April15, 2016
The Department of Health and Human Services' was warned by their OIG back in 2013 about not having enough security measures in place to prevent health record fraud. But despite these warnings in December 2013, the HHS still has not adequately tackled the issue of hospitals failing to employ safeguards and prevent electronic health record fraud and abuse via recommended tools already in place, OIG says. Former hospital chief financial officer Joe White, was ordered to pay $4.4 million in…
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Inspector General Reports Massachusetts Lost $1 Million in Toll Revenue

Posted on April08, 2016
The Office of Inspector General reported that Massachusetts lost nearly $1 million in toll revenue because they allowed employees, and retirees of the Massachusetts DOT to pass through tollbooths without paying. The report stated that more than $985,000 was lost in toll revenue between Nov. 1, 2009 and Aug. 31, 2015. MassDOT employees, retirees and employees of other public agencies were given non-revenue transponders and paid Massachusetts Turnpike Authority cards to pass through toll plazas without paying. Jack Meyers, senior…
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OIG Finds that the Department of Veteran’s Affairs has Failed to Meet Several Health IT Security Protocols

Posted on March24, 2016
The Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA), has failed to meet several health IT security protocols that are part of the Federal Information Security Management Act and Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). This happened during their efforts to update its Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VISTA). This all came public knowledge during a hearing held last week when Brent Arronte of the VA gave the Office of the Inspector General’s testimony, stating that VA has failed to…
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OIG Found That DOT Didn’t Conduct Annual Contingency Plan Testing

Posted on March18, 2016
According to the OIG, they found that the disaster recovery plans used for the U.S. Department of Transportation were not in compliance with their own policies. This new audit by the DOT's Inspector General's office examined the disaster recovery plans for DOT agencies' information systems. Effective disaster recovery planning is critical to maintain more than 450 information systems currently used by the department. In addition, the DOT agencies have not all effectively tested their plans to ensure they will work…
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