GOP to subpoena White House over Solyndra

By Corbin Hiar

Administration seeks audit of Energy Department loans while GOP threatens to subpoena the president

Excerpts from this story referencing "Supreme Court":

"… licate issues of national security or the other foundations upon which the Supreme Court has recognized the Privilege,” they wrote in a statement. The committee …"

IMPACT: Sen. Grassley demands review of VA travel after news of $131,000 commute

By Corbin Hiar

Republican senator wants review of VA travel budget after official spends $131,000 for weekly commute to job

Watchdog interference: Inspectors General say agencies hinder investigations

By John Solomon and Amy Biegelsen

In an unusually public spat, the independent watchdogs inside a dozen federal agencies are alleging government officials have hindered sensi

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama administration":

"… t said, it’s surprising that there’s any degree of resistance from the Obama administration, given the administration’s commendable emphasis on transparency and ove …"

Where are the watchdogs?

By John Solomon

Faced with record deficits and expanding federal responsibilities, politicians from President Barack Obama on down routinely talk about the

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspectors general":

"… or those in Congress charged with providing oversight of the government.“Inspectors general play an important role in protecting taxpayer dollars from waste, fraud an …"

Medicare fraud outrunning enforcement efforts

By Fred Schulte

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

More waste found in Afghanistan as US heads for the exit

By Douglas Birch

The US effort in Afghanistan has been repeatedly tainted by poor planning and corruption, says inspector general

Excerpts from this story referencing "spy":

"… that included their geographic coordinates. But the agency, which analyzes spy satellite data, was unable to find about twenty percent those structures. …"

Missing: $200M in gas receipts for NATO aid in Afghanistan

By R. Jeffrey Smith

NATO fuel purchase documents in Afghanistan were shredded and remain missing

U.S. official says government wasted $6-8 billion in Iraq reconstruction

By Zach Toombs and Aaron Mehta

The special inspector general for Iraq tallies the loss of U.S. taxpayer funds at more than 11 percent of the billions spent

Auditors say billions likely wasted in Iraq work

By The Associated Press

Final US audit of reconstruction effort in Iraq says billions of dollars likely wasted

Experienced watchdog appointed for U.S. spending in Afghanistan

By Aaron Mehta

A veteran investigator fills one of ten vacant Inspector General jobs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… anistan since 2002 was wasted.Last month, in SIGAR’s quarterly report to Congress, the office highlighted the continuing threat posed by corruption and ques …"

Corruption still threatens U.S. efforts in Afghanistan

By Aaron Mehta

As U.S. heads for the door in Afghanistan, persistent corruption threatens to undermine development efforts there.

Excerpts from this story referencing "House Oversight Committee":

"… tion effort in 2002,” Trent said in March 29th testimony in front of the House Oversight CommitteeAs part of the transition to more local control, the Afghan government has …"

IGs lauded for sniffing out potential savings of $87.2 billion in last year

By Corbin Hiar

IG community's greatest hits of 2010 get a shoutout

IG: Pentagon’s stimulus reports riddled with 2,914 discrepancies

By Laurel Adams

The Pentagon’s $7.4 billion in stimulus funding was so poorly tracked that its inspector general said it was difficult to tell “how, when an

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General (OIG), and other government entities.NATIONAL SECURITYThe Director of Nati …"

Fraud and waste found in small business grants awarded by NASA

By Laurel Adams

Over a four year period, NASA awarded grants worth $112 million in an attempt to engage small businesses doing innovative research. A review

Fraud, abuse found in NASA research funding to small companies

By Peter Tartaglione

A NASA program to encourage small companies to develop new technology has accepted questionable research from some contractors and given oth

Federal courthouse security guards failed to detect mock bombs

By Julie Vorman

A $370 million program run by the U.S. Marshals Service to protect federal courthouses failed to detect mock explosive devices sent to sever

Pentagon’s annual financial report still unreliable, inconsistent

By Julie Vorman

The Pentagon issued $1.5 billion in payments every business day in fiscal 2010 with an error rate of less than one-tenth of one percent, acc

Immigration complications extend to alien children

By Laurel Adams

The Department of Homeland Security struggles to pinpoint if some aliens are under the age of 18, the age that determines if they are immedi

Excerpts from this story referencing "inspector":

"… lt or can stay at least temporarily in the United States as a minor, a new inspector general report says.Children under the age of 18 who are detained by Immig …"

"… le by some in the medical and advocacy communities,” the report said.The inspector general found inconsistencies in how exam results were reported to ICE, an …"

DOE accused of violating federal hiring rules

By Julie Vorman

The U.S. Energy Department’s internal watchdog has referred to federal prosecutors hiring improprieties with a contractor worker who was pre

Kuwait contractor could be banned for security lapses

By Julie Vorman

A military contractor providing key services for U.S. soldiers in Kuwait should be banned from future contracts because some of its employee

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government Accountability Office":

"… access to sensitive information.Other new watchdog reports released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General (OIG), and other gover …"

Nondisclosure forms needed as contractor ranks grow

By Julie Vorman

Almost half of a sampling of contracts issued by the Pentagon, Homeland Security Department, and Health and Human Services Department did no

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health and Human Services Department":

"… ing of contracts issued by the Pentagon, Homeland Security Department, and Health and Human Services Department did not include language to limit contractors’ misuse or unauthorized di …"

One-fourth of Pentagon’s war zone pay to civilians was improper

By Julie Vorman

The Pentagon improperly spent $57.7 million on danger and hardship pay and other special allowances and pay differentials for nearly 9,000 c

Excerpts from this story referencing "Air Force":

"… oratory lost track of hard drives containing classified information (OIG)* Air Force personnel did not consistently follow laws on undefinitized contractual ac …"

"… ty Dept. science and technology program manager abused his position (OIG)* Air Force did not adequately monitor “Title II” contractors in Southwest Asia (O …"

Pentagon’s contract examiners need to cooperate

By Julie Vorman

Two Pentagon agencies that share responsibility for overseeing how big contracts are carried out should stop their squabbling and work toget

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Pentagon":

"… get and on schedule, and has the power to withhold payment for shoddy work.The Pentagon’s internal watchdog found that on two occasions in 2008, the management …"

Top lawmaker urges Obama to fill gov’t watchdog jobs

By John Solomon

The top Republican on the House’s main investigative committee today pressed President Barack Obama to fill the dozen or so vacant watchdog

Excerpts from this story referencing "Darrell Issa":

"… Obama to fill the dozen or so vacant watchdog jobs across government.Rep. Darrell Issa of California, the ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Governmen …"

NASA inspector general lack of oversight

By The Center for Public Integrity

Bush's watchdog at NASA appears too close to NASA to be effective

Show me the oversight

By Matthew Lewis

It must be the month of the watchdog in Missouri. GOP gubernatorial candidate Kenny Hulshof pledged last week to create a nonpartisan state

Excerpts from this story referencing "Governor":

"… ement and Budget Jim Nussle, a Republican, called for a similar move. Then-Governor Tom Vilsack, a Democrat, said in response to Nussle’s proposal, “I don …"

"… st summer a state senator in Texas proposed a centralized IG office. Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican, initially expressed support for that move.Meanwh …"

Outsourcing the war

By Andrew Green

That was then . . . Parsons Corporation ranks 10th in the Center’s compilation of top private contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2