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Dental chain may be booted from Medicaid program

By David Heath

Small Smiles, under federal scrutiny for performing unnecessary dental treatments on children, could be barred from the Medicaid program.

Credit union overseer cozies up to industry execs

By Daniel Wagner

Credit union regulator Rick Metsger cozies up to industry execs at D.C. conference.

As drilling ravages Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale, residents 'living in a Petri dish’

By Jim Morris, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer

In partnership with InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel, Center examines oil industry exploitation of Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale.

The mess gets worse at Hanford’s nuclear site

By Rebecca LaFlure

A scientific dispute over cleanup of one of the most polluted sites in the country threatens to ensnare the Energy Department’s leaders.

Defense Department poorly managed design, construction of F-35 fighter, auditor says

By Douglas Birch

A detailed new report offers some insight into why the most costly weapon system in U.S. history has so many problems and defects.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… ent. In double-barrelled criticisms, the Defense Department’s Office of Inspector General report said the F-35 program office’s oversight of Lockheed Martin, the …"

"… ” Michael J. Rein of Lockheed Martin issued a statement noting that the Inspector General’s investigation was concluded last year and that most issues had been ad …"

Security clearance lapses stemmed from Washington’s heedless emphasis on speed over quality

By Rebecca LaFlure

Profits and politics, plus a sudden growth in secrecy-obsessed institutions, played key roles in misguided security clearance decisions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… ct investigations under its contract.” Michelle Schmitz, OPM's Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, said at the June hearing that it began to investigate …"

"… such crimes and one more pled guilty, according to OPM, but the agency’s Inspector General Patrick McFarland said at the June hearing that he does not “believe tha …"

Surveilling a lover with the push of a button

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Report says agency employees have snooped on spouses and girlfriends.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… ar from the Sept. 11 summary of these events sent by the NSA’s Office of Inspector General to the Judiciary Committee’s senior Republican, Iowa Sen. Charles G …"

"… re discipline has been proposed,” according to the letter, signed by NSA Inspector General George Ellard. Half the incidents cited occurred between 2003 and 2006, a …"

Audit reveals widespread problems in security system used by the Navy

By Rebecca LaFlure and R. Jeffrey Smith

The U.S. military is widely using a security system that lets felons onto its bases.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… ome of the results, according to a new audit by the Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General, have not been pretty. At the ten Navy installations where investigators p …"

"… allations at an increased security risk,” the report said. Although the Inspector General’s office planned to release a redacted version of the report, House Arme …"

"… granted through the Rapidgate program. But the shooting — and the Inspector General’s report — have nonetheless brought sudden attention to Rapidgate …"

"… he company will need those contacts more than ever in the weeks ahead. The Inspector General’s report recommended that the Navy scrap Rapidgate immediately, noting t …"

Ex-SEC chief now helps companies navigate post-meltdown reforms

By Lauren Kyger, Alison Fitzgerald and John Dunbar

Former regulators profit from their experience with jobs, book deals and speaking fees.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… ve that skirted the edges of the law, according to a report by the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, Neil Barofsky. AIG’s counterpart …"

Health care costs will mushroom as injured veterans age

By Jessica Wilde

News21 investigation finds injured veterans returning from Iraq, Afghanistan will need costly care for decades.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… r whom follow-up care is particularly important, according to VA Office of Inspector General reports. The VA doesn’t always provide timely mental health evaluations …"

Chemical board's unfinished investigations hinder agency mission, IG finds

By Chris Hamby

A backlog of Chemical Safety Board investigations hinders the agency's ability to help prevent future accidents, a new IG report concludes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… rt released this week by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General concluded. A recent Center for Public Integrity story examined the causes …"

"… Congress and family members of those who died. “I’m encouraged by the Inspector General’s recommendations, but this report doesn’t change the fact that after …"

Advocates for nursing home reform push back against proposed health watchdog cuts

By Fred Schulte

Groups alarmed by proposed cuts for HHS inspector general.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… eing reviewed,” according to agency documents. …"

"… iod, the report found. The advocates who wrote to Levinson noted that the Inspector General’s aggressive stance had spurred discussion among federal officials and s …"

"… imited the resources, the more difficult our decisions become.” The HHS Inspector General, the largest such unit in the federal government, expects to lose a total …"

ObamaCare oversight among health watchdog cuts

By Fred Schulte

Trims include ObamaCare oversight

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… ffordable Care Act. The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, which investigates Medicare and Medicaid waste, fraud and abuse, is in th …"

Senate report recommends ouster of large dental chain from Medicaid program

By David Heath

Small Smiles should be removed from Medicaid for encouraging dentists to perform unnecessary treatments to boost profits, investigators say.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… Smiles from the Medicaid program. But in a letter to Grassley and Baucus, Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson said Small Smiles fixed the problems by selling the Man …"

Navy at sea with lousy books

By Rebecca LaFlure

The admirals spent nearly a billion dollars to improve their accounting, but then failed to apply what they learned

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… – to meet the legal deadline. The report by the Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General is a reprise of its earlier warnings that the military services are moving …"

Medicare fraud outrunning enforcement efforts

By Fred Schulte

Agency couldn't investigate 1,200 complaints, and more cuts coming.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… ama administration. The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is set to lose a total of 400 staffers that are deployed nationwide as a p …"

"… led to examine prescription drug abuse in Medicare. Gary Cantrell, Deputy Inspector General for the OIG Office of Investigations, said at the hearing that his unit …"

"… d our oversight in some of these areas,” he said. Stuart Wright, Deputy Inspector General for the OIG Office of Evaluations and Inspections, added that 200 of those …"

Nuclear Waste: A $1 billion Energy Department project overshoots its budget by 600 percent

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

PART TWO OF A SERIES: A yawning gap opens between Washington’s claims about a nuclear plant and its messy construction.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… nts for the completed plant, a circumstance that alarmed Energy Department Inspector General Gregory Friedman when he reviewed the program in the summer of 2005. Frie …"

"… d from cutting corners, according to an April 2009 report by DOE Inspector General Friedman. Soon after construction started, when someone at the constructi …"

'Tea party' nonprofits rarely endorsed political candidates

By Michael Beckel

'Tea party'-branded nonprofits at heart of IRS scandal rarely endorsed political candidates.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… al political cases, according to a report released Tuesday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. The rules for who can fund social welfare nonprof …"

Pentagon claims $757 million overbilling by contractor in Afghanistan

By Richard H.P. Sia

Lawmakers are upset that the Pentagon kept giving billions of dollars to a food supplier for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

More fudging on Energy Department guard force tests

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Another DOE security squad passes performance exams with improper, inside help

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… they automatically got passing grades on sections they did not complete. Inspector General Gregory H. Friedman called the 2011 and 2012 performance tests for the uni …"

DOE inspector general recommends consolidating national labs

By Douglas Birch

DOE inspector general recommends the nation's 16 national atomic labs be streamlined or shut down.

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"… ilitary,” he says. “Scientists are not that way." …"

"… grams rather than recommending policy. He spent 16 years with the DOE’s Inspector General’s office before becoming Inspector General himself in 1998. He said the …"

Energy Department auto loan program sputters

By Ronnie Greene

A $25 billion Department of Energy loan program has not closed a loan in two years amid the specter of Solyndra.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… dquarters and filed for bankruptcy. The FBI and the Energy Department’s Inspector General have been conducting a joint investigation of the Solyndra project since 2 …"

Electronic medical records probed for over-billing

By Fred Schulte

Are feds doing all they can to ferret out waste from move to electronic records?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… ave yet to get a response, according to a spokesperson. The HHS Office of Inspector General also is investigating what it called “fraud vulnerabilities” related t …"

Defense officials call Air Force F-22 probe sloppy and inadequate

By Douglas Birch

Critics of the Air Force's decision to blame a costly F-22 crash on its pilot have some ammunition

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… nition. In a report released Feb. 6, the Department of Defense’s Deputy Inspector General Randolph R. Stone accused the Air Force of conducting a sloppy, inadequate …"

"… ney’s fatal crash. For its part, the Air Force has promised to give the Inspector General’s office a more detailed analysis of the “non-causal” factors, such …"

Current gun debate may not help beleaguered ATF

By Alan Berlow

Federal gun cops handicapped by weak laws, stagnant budgets and Congressional restrictions.

Inspector General to review EPA's 'Watch Lists'

By Jim Morris

The EPA’s inspector general has begun a review of the agency's use of internal watch lists of alleged chronic polluters nationwide.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… an emailed statement to the Center saying only that it is “aware of the Inspector General's Annual Plan and looks forward to cooperating fully with its review of th …"

Revolving door swings freely in America's statehouses

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Anything goes in some states; lawmakers skirt rules in others

Feds tighten scrutiny of health records

By Fred Schulte

Feds increase scrutiny of how electronic systems affect billing

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… .Yet late last year, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General said its contractors had detected overbilling and would begin investigatin …"

Medicare paid $3.6 billion for electronic health records but didn't verify quality goals were met

By Fred Schulte

Medicare paid providers billions to adopt electronic records without checking to see they're meeting quality goals

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… ral audit to be released today.The Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General’s audit warns that the electronic records program is “vulnerable” to …"

"… future and would then take steps to recover any improper payments. But the Inspector General opined that CMS should verify compliance first to avoid having to track do …"

"… expected to rise to $6.6 billion over the next four years.According to the Inspector General’s audit, CMS lacks the tools to check whether many of the medical qualit …"

"… cessary for verifications are not readily available,” auditors wrote.The Inspector General also noted that some of the problem may stem from software systems that ca …"

Blistering inspector general report says feds are failing to fight Medicaid home care fraud

By Joe Eaton

Report says feds not doing enough to root out fraud in Medicaid personal services

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… eral oversight of state programs A Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report scheduled to be released today faults the Centers for Medicai …"