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 "Troubled Asset Relief Program":

"… cial Herb Allison, who stepped down in September 2010 after overseeing the Troubled Asset Relief Program. A former investment banker, Allison has served on the boards of financial …"

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 "Tom Carper":

"… le starting next year under the Affordable Care Act. In a statement, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., who chairs the homeland security committee, called the cuts “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 "Kunduz":

"… large new Imam Sahib Border Police Company headquarters in Afghanistan’s Kunduz province last fall, they discovered just a dozen men, only half of them in …"

"… t, for example, SIGAR auditors discovered that the sprawling $17.7 million Kunduz police headquarters, a collection of 37 separate buildings located in the …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "DynCorp":

"… t enlisted a single contracting officer to handle a $2.5 billion deal with DynCorp International to train Iraqi police forces, for example. Auditors called t …"

"… is decision  “especially disturbing" because of problems in earlier DynCorp contracts. According to Furbish, after SIGIR singled out the contract …"

"… ut the contract, the State Department reviewed its original agreement with DynCorp and recovered more than $60 million from the company.DynCorp spokeswoman A …"

"… greement with DynCorp and recovered more than $60 million from the company.DynCorp spokeswoman Ashley Burke confirmed that her company returned funds to the …"

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 "DynCorp":

"… acting officer in Iraq to validate more than $2.5 billion in spending on a DynCorp contract for Iraqi police training. "As a result, invoices w …"

"… s lack of control to be especially disturbing since earlier reviews of the DynCorp contract had found similar weaknesses." In that case, the St …"

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

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

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

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 "Labor":

"… cted for an annual process control systems forum (OIG)* Oak Ridge National Laboratory lost track of hard drives containing classified information (OIG)* Ai …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "NASA":

"… tration’s watchdog at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been far less active than either his predecessor or inspectors genera …"

"… ssor or inspectors general at agencies of similar size. And, at a minimum, NASA’s watchdog, Robert Cobb, created an appearance of being too close to the …"

"… ngs of a probe initiated following a litany of allegations from inside the NASA Inspector General’s office (IG). The investigation was undertaken on beh …"

"… nd safety. In addition, serious questions about Cobb’s independence from NASA’s senior management were raised by HUD investigators. Cobb, for example, …"

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 "Act":

"… strengthening federal agency IGs. The bipartisan Inspector General Reform Act of 2008, introduced in the Senate last year by Democrat Claire McCaskill w …"

"… ’s constitutional authority.”Three decades after the Inspector General Act of 1978 was enActed by Congress and in some cases mimicked by the states, …"

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