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Department of Justice News

DoJ's updated FOIA policy emphasizes customer service

The updated FOIA policy states the department must advise the FOIA requester that a their request has been referred and provide the name of the agency to the requester with that agency's FOIA contact.

Tuesday - 12/06/2011, 11:55am EST

Cyber Monday counterfeiting crackdown highlights agency collaboration

The Justice Department and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement led a government-wide effort to stem the flow of counterfeit products. The White House launched a public-service campaign to let citizens know the impact of fake products on the economy. The Senate passed more stringent rules for DoD and its vendors to make sure military parts are original.

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 05:08am EST
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Justice Dept. cracks down on sites selling counterfeits

The Justice Department, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the FBI have teamed up to take 150 websites that are alleged to have sold counterfeit products.

Monday - 11/28/2011, 07:18pm EST

Obama requests funds to expand cyber training

President Obama has requested $166.5 million to fight computer crime over the next year, and Congress has approved every penny.

Wednesday - 11/23/2011, 06:37pm EST

DoJ to crack down on cyber crimes

Justice Deputy Chief Richard Downing says racketeering and corrupt organization laws need to cover online activities to help fight cyber crimes.

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 07:28pm EST

Holder: Fast and Furious errors won't be repeated

Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday acknowledged serious mistakes in an arms-trafficking probe that allowed AK-47s and other weapons to leak into the black market, but he insisted the Justice Department was taking steps to ensure that never happens again.

Tuesday - 11/08/2011, 10:35pm EST

DoJ IG: Conference muffins didn't cost $16

Last month, the Inspector General of the Department of Justice said the agency spent too much money on conferences, citing $16 muffins as an example. Today, in a revised report, the IG said the muffins didn't actually cost that much.

Friday - 10/28/2011, 04:58pm EDT

DoJ criticized over proposed FOIA regulation

The Justice Department is being criticized by open government groups for proposing a regulation that would in rare instances allow federal law enforcement agencies to tell people seeking information under the Freedom of Information Act that the government has no records on a subject, when it actually does.

Thursday - 10/27/2011, 04:45pm EDT

Senate votes to end DoJ's 'Fast and Furious' gun program

The Senate voted Tuesday to effectively block the Justice Department from undertaking gun-smuggling probes like the flawed "Operation Fast and Furious" aimed at breaking up networks running guns to Mexican drug cartels but that lost track of hundreds of the weapons, some of which were used to commit crimes in Mexico and the United States.

Tuesday - 10/18/2011, 09:24pm EDT

Issa: 'Fast and furious' subpoenas issued soon

The chairman of the House oversight committee said Sunday that he could send subpoenas to the Obama administration as soon as this week over weapons lost amid the Mexican drug war.

Sunday - 10/09/2011, 09:10pm EDT

Oracle to pay $200M in largest GSA false claims settlement

Software company Oracle has agreed to pay nearly $200 million to the U.S. government for failing to meet contractual obligations to the General Services Administration under a contract first awarded more than a dozen years ago. The company denies any wrongdoing, while GSA claimed the settlement as a victory for government purchasers.

Friday - 10/07/2011, 06:19am EDT

DoJ finds $130M savings in streamlining

The Department of Justice says it has found more than $130 million in cost savings through efficiency and streamlining efforts, according to an agency release.

Wednesday - 10/05/2011, 03:58pm EDT

What do DoJ memos reveal about botched gun-tracking sting?

Jordy Yager, a staff writer with The Hill newspaper, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss the lastest revelations in the case.

Wednesday - 10/05/2011, 10:23am EDT
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Top 10 agencies with telework issues

How does your agency compare to others when it comes to allowing employees to telework? The latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey gives some insight.

Sunday - 10/02/2011, 08:55pm EDT

IG: Justice cyber operations slow to report incidents, lacking critical info

The Justice Department drags its feet when reporting cyber incidents and does not have cyber incident reports from all of its departments, according to an Office of the Inspector General report.

Wednesday - 09/28/2011, 02:51pm EDT

New hires, robotics eliminate FBI DNA backlog

DoJ IG finds the agency now processes 60,000 profiles a month instead of 1,700. The bureau may need to continue its hiring spree to keep up with the DNA data coming in.

Friday - 09/23/2011, 08:08pm EDT
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OMB orders governmentwide review of conference spending

Agencies must complete their analysis by Nov. 1 and be prepared to present their findings during the December cabinet meeting with the Vice President. OMB's edict comes after the Justice Department inspector general found excessive spending by the agency. This is not the first time agencies have had trouble controlling conference expenses.

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 06:51am EDT

FBI investigates corporate bank-account hacks

The FBI is investigating more than 400 cyber hijackings of corporate bank accounts, after cyber criminals have taken over the accounts of American companies, school districts and even some local government offices and made unauthorized wire transfers.

Tuesday - 09/20/2011, 12:04pm EDT

NIST begins outreach for new public safety network

In a request for comments issued today, the agency wants industry to answer 10 questions across four broadly themed areas.

Monday - 09/12/2011, 03:42pm EDT
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Why Justice is footing EPA's law bills

David Trimble is the Director of Natural Resources and Environment Issues at the Government Accountability Office.

Thursday - 09/01/2011, 05:16pm EDT
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