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 "Solyndra":

"… llout from the government’s failed $535 million bet in solar panel maker Solyndra expanded on Friday, with the Obama administration seeking an independent a …"

"… nt’s multi-billion dollar portfolio of investments in clean tech firms. Solyndra, the first recipient of Energy Department backing, collapsed in bankruptcy …"

"… gy Department and White House backed the half billion dollar investment in Solyndra, government emails show, even as budget and Treasury officials were r …"

"… are awarded on merit. The White House said the new audit will not include Solyndra, which is already facing investigations by the FBI and Inspectors General …"

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 "Charles Grassley":

"… uting expenses.  …"

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 "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… nt, the Education Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Environmental Protection Agency.“I am writing to report that the OIG is being denied unrestricted and un …"

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 "Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board":

"… nds for oil and gas drilling.Devaney took over fulltime as chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board in February 2009, leaving a deputy to run his old office back at Interior. …"

Medicare fraud outrunning enforcement efforts

By Fred Schulte

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government":

"… ning at a June 24 hearing of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. The hearing was called to examine prescription drug abuse in Me …"

"… half that figure was attributed to Medicare and Medicaid, according to the Government Accountability Office. The cuts at HHS OIG are triggering a review of doz …"

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 "Inspector General":

"… Russia. But according to the latest report by John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, inspectors found a nearly deserted compoun …"

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 "Iraq":

"… in charge of monitoring America’s $51 billion effort to reconstruct Iraq has estimated that $6 billion to $8 billion of that amount was lost to was …"

"… to waste, fraud and abuse.Stuart Bowen, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) for the past eight years, gave that estimate in an …"

"… from the outset by the ineffectiveness of a clearinghouse created in Iraq for government departments to submit reconstruction bills a …"

"… ction bills and contracts for review and oversight. Known as the Iraq Reconstruction Management System, the system was often ignored, with …"

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 "U.S. military":

"… ade reconstruction more difficult, dangerous and costly, but also left the U.S. military unprepared for the grind of multiple troop deployments, the tactics of an …"

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 "Inspector General":

"… the veteran investigator is their pick for the vacant position of Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a key watchdog role as the U.S. dr …"

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 "Inspector General":

"… lion the U.S. has spent on reconstruction efforts since 2002. U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction Steven Trent warned that deep corruption pe …"

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 "Department of Transportation":

"… rges.The Alexander Hamilton award, the years’ highest honor, went to the Department of Transportation’s OIG “in recognition of significant contributions to enhancing the sa …"

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

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 SECURITYAs the cost of DNA m …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Small Business Innovation Research":

"… bring into question the effectiveness of the internal controls in NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.”The nearly 30-year-old SBIR program was created by Congr …"

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 "X-ray":

"… Justice Department inspector general report.The Marshals Service provides X-ray machines, metal detectors, surveillance cameras, and judicial chamber entr …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal selecting official":

"… t, pre-selected. Evidence gathered from a number of sources, including the Federal selecting official, demonstrated that the contract employee was granted preferences and advan …"

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 "Coast Guard":

"… O).ENVIRONMENT* Homeland Security Dept. inspector general now examining if Coast Guard has enough manpower for safety inspections on offshore drilling platforms. …"

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 "U.S. Treasury":

"… equipment (OIG)NATIONAL SECURITY* Homeland Security Dept. should repay the U.S. Treasury $211,445 in conference fees it improperly collected for an annual process …"

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 "Inspector":

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

"… ncil on Integrity and Efficiency (PCIE) and conducted by the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Among th …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "inspector":

"… rth of Baghdad, which was begun but never completed. AP quotes the special inspector general, Stuart Bowen, who describes the prison as “a microcosm of the s …"

"… n as “a microcosm of the shortfalls in the reconstruction program.”The inspector general’s office released the full audit yesterday on Parsons. …"