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 "Valerie Jarrett":

"… , including former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, former National Economic Council Director Larry Summers, and Ron Klain, f …"

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 "Inspector":

"… undermining the very accountability Congress intended when it enacted the Inspectors General Act more than three decades ago.The Center for Public Integrity o …"

"… ions,” said Eric Thorson, who runs the Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General.Thorson said he unsuccessfully asked Comptroller John Dugan, who r …"

"… ide complete information upon request on numerous occasions,” EPA Acting Inspector General Bill Roderick wrote.Senior managers for the EPA’s criminal inves …"

"… pond to a watchdog’s request, occurred in other departments. The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, Stuart Bowen, reported that the State Dep …"

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 "oil and gas":

"… olving oil, sex, and gifts inside the agency that leases federal lands for oil and gas drilling.Devaney took over fulltime as chairman of the Recovery Accountabi …"

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":

"… 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 nationwid …"

"… 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 …"

"… 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 …"

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

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.

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 "Department of Justice":

"… r offices file a report it is up to agency leaders to enact changes or the Department of Justice to pursue civil or criminal charges.The Alexander Hamilton award, the year …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Small Business Administration":

"… s. About $133 million went to NASA’s SBIR in 2009, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.Problems with NASA’s SBIR program have been repeatedly criticized in rec …"

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 "Government Accountability Office":

"… nd Ares Group Inc.Following are other new watchdog reports released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General (OIG), and other gover …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Pentagon":

"… art D prescription discounts to Medicare patients and the government. (OIG) …"

"… highest priority placed on information most useful for decision-making.”The Pentagon is required to clean up its financial statements and have them ready for a …"

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 "Government Accountability Office":

"… rvices Department.Following are other new watchdog reports released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General (OIG), and other gover …"

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 "Charles Grassley":

"… Weiderhold, without prior notice to Congress, as required (report by Sen. Charles Grassley and Rep. Darrell Issa).And a hat tip to Secrecy News, published by the Fed …"

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

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 "Nussle":

"… rship in 2006, current director of the Office of Management and Budget Jim Nussle, a Republican, called for a similar move. Then-Governor Tom Vilsack, a Dem …"

"… a similar move. Then-Governor Tom Vilsack, a Democrat, said in response to Nussle’s proposal, “I don’t think we need to add another level of bureaucra …"

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