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 "Office of Management and Budget":

"… €ť Earlier this year, the Republican-led committee pressed a subpoena for Office of Management and Budget records on the Solyndra deal. That subpoena was approved in a vote that fe …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Veterans Health Administration":

"… rted VA Inspector General George Opfer discovered a senior official in the Veterans Health Administration spent the money flying to work each week. The employee, whose name has not …"

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 "Inspectors general":

"… ogs are getting the cooperation and independence required under the law.“Inspectors general can’t conduct effective oversight of tax dollars and programs when the v …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal government":

"… ntify fraud and abuse vulnerabilities” in electronic health records. The federal government is spending about $36 billion in economic stimulus funds to help doctors a …"

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 "United States":

"… rently empty. The facility, completed two months earlier at a cost to the United States of $7.3 million, was designed to provide a base for 175 border police to h …"

"… poor security, and corruption. In his report, he wrote that the United States and NATO allies should work harder to focus their remaining reconstruction …"

"… ent and other agencies rely on the list to track development efforts. The United States and some of its allies have pledged to shore up the Afghan government with …"

"… to make sure that it is not a launching pad for future attacks against the United States? We have achieved that goal. We're in the process of achieving that goal.â …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… tan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko, in a letter alerting two members of Congress to the missing documentation.The letter is a follow-up to a warning by Sop …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… tion also uncovered instances of bid-rigging and bribe-taking by State and Pentagon officials.Fraudulent activities uncovered by the special inspector ge …"

"… payments, Rolex watches and other expensive gifts in exchange for steering Pentagon contracts to foreign companies, reaping benefits worth more than $200 …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… Much, however, apparently got overlooked. Example: A $35 million Pentagon project was started in December 2006 to establish the Baghdad airport as a …"

"… consequences of fighting an insurgency that proved more resilient than the Pentagon had foreseen. That not only made reconstruction more difficult, dangerous …"

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 "energy":

"… omeland Security Institute …"

"… House energy and Commerce committee — one of the chief watchdogs for the energy industry and government agencies as varied as the Food and Drug Administra …"

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.

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… cil of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency.At a ceremony in Washington on Tuesday, dozens of awards were given to the top auditors and inspectors …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Security":

"… ses. Three companies currently provide federal court Security guards: Akal Security Inc., MVM Inc., and Ares Group Inc.Following are other new watchdog report …"

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

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

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 "Hillary Rodham Clinton":

"… ugh the electronic passport files of presidential candidates Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and John McCain.Other new watchdog reports released by the Government Acc …"

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

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

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

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 "Kentucky":

"… (Hulshof’s plan), and those that are agency specific, as in states like Kentucky.Hulshof, who is running against Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon on a p …"

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