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4:52 am, April 25, 2015

Department of Justice News

Loretta Lynch wins confirmation as attorney general

Loretta Lynch wins confirmation as attorney general in divided Senate after months-long delay

Friday - 04/24/2015, 12:10pm EDT

DEA chief to retire amid pressure over agents' sex scandal

DEA chief retiring amid mounting pressure on Capitol Hill to resign in wake of agent scandal

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 10:28am EDT

AG Eric Holder: Prostitutes are off limits for Justice employees

Attorney General Eric Holder issued a memo to Justice Department employees reminding them that soliciting a prostitute can lead to suspension and termination. The memo is in response to a recent inspector general report that examined allegations that DEA agents attended sex parties with prostitutes on government-leased property while stationed overseas.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 05:30pm EDT

White House adds another layer to executive cyber powers

President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order giving agencies the ability to recommend economic sanctions against cyber attackers and their supporters. As the President signed this latest order, Congress seems closer than ever to passing a cyber information sharing bill.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 03:59am EDT
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Justice Dept.: No contempt charges for former IRS official

The Justice Department won't seek criminal contempt charges against Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of a controversy over how the agency treated conservative political groups.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 03:02am EDT

Agents probing drug site accused of taking online currency

US agents accused of stealing $1 million in digital currency during online black market probe

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 08:40pm EDT

Watchdog report faults DEA handling of sex party allegations

Justice Department watchdog report faults DEA handling of sex-party allegations

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 11:50pm EDT

NFL hires former ATF chief Jones as counsel

The NFL has hired B. Todd Jones, the recently resigned director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, to oversee player discipline.

Monday - 03/23/2015, 08:32pm EDT

FOIA backlog casts a dark cloud on Sunshine Week

Dan Metcalfe, former director of the Justice Department's Office of Information and Privacy, said agencies aren't clearing FOIA backlogs up to President Barack Obama's standards.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 11:08am EDT

Melanie Pustay, Director, Office of Information Policy, DOJ

The Justice Department wants every federal employee to understand his role when it comes to the Freedom of Information Act. Sunshine Week begins next week, and DOJ is reinforcing the concept through a set of new tools and training. Melanie Pustay, director of the Office of Information Policy in the Justice Department, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how her office works to ensure there's a broad understanding of every employees' expectations when it comes to FOIA.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 05:28pm EDT
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New DoJ training reinforces the shared responsibility of FOIA

Melanie Pustay, the director of the Office of Information Policy in the Justice Department, said the tools and e-learning modules are focused on everyone from new employees to senior executives. DoJ rolled out the new education concepts ahead of Sunshine Week, which promotes open government.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 03:44am EDT
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Ex-CIA chief admits sharing military secrets with mistress

Ex-CIA chief Petraeus to plead guilty to mishandling classified materials shared with mistress

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 05:26am EST

Senate panel greenlights Obama's attorney general pick

Senate Judiciary Committee approves Loretta Lynch nomination to serve as attorney general

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 03:58pm EST

Justice applying lessons learned in kindergarten to IT

Joe Klimavicz, the Justice Department's chief information officer, said shared services needs to be part of the culture of the organization. His office launched version 1 of the IT shared services catalog late last year.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 10:08am EST
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IGs ask Congress to strengthen oversight tools

Four inspectors general tell the Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee they need legislative help in order to help them effectively oversee federal agencies.

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 03:58pm EST

Larry Youngner, Managing Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

Nearly 1,000 military service members whose homes were wrongly foreclosed on will be receiving over $123 million. That's thanks to a new Justice Department settlement with five of the nation's largest mortgage companies. Justice said they violated the Service Members Civil Relief Act in foreclosing the homes. Larry Youngner, a partner at the law firm Tully Rinckey, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further analyze the settlement.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 09:05am EST
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Michael Horowitz, IG, Justice Department

Inspectors general across government are facing delays and denials when they ask for access to information. The Inspector General at the Justice Department, Michael Horowitz, detailed a disagreement his office has with the FBI at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. General Horowitz is also chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he talked about the implications for access denial and delays.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:38pm EST
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IGs face obstacles, delays in accessing agency records

A trio of inspectors general told the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform today about obstacles they routinely encounter in obtaining records as part of their investigations into potential wrongdoing.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:23pm EST

Attorney General nominee wins GOP endorsements

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch won two key Republican endorsements Thursday en route to likely confirmation as the first black woman in the nation's top law enforcement job.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 08:26pm EST

Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes

Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president's unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 03:24am EST
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