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8:37 am, September 2, 2014

Department of Justice News

Teresa McHenry, Justice Department

The Justice Department is trying out a new strategy when it comes to human-rights abuse cases. Prosecutors are asking refugees to help by telling on abusers who may have fled to the United States, only to be hiding in plain sight. With new outreach efforts and incentives, the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section hopes to spur cooperation that will bring in more cases. Teresa McHenry is chief of the Justice Department's Human Rights unit. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new strategy.

Monday - 05/19/2014, 10:03am EDT
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Chris Voss, Former Lead International Kidnapping Negotiator, FBI

The search for hundreds of abducted school girls heats up in Nigeria. The U.S. has sent a team of experts to assist with search efforts, including personnel from the departments of State and Defense and four FBI officials with expertise in safe recovery and negotiations. Chris Voss, former FBI lead international kidnapping negotiator, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the process behind a hostage negotiation strategy.

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 09:35am EDT
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MAS audits and the mandatory disclosure rule

Former General Services Administration Inspector General Brian Miller, will discuss MAS audits, the mandatory disclosure rule and the role the IG plays within GSA.
May 6, 2014

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 08:43pm EDT
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Soldier pleads guilty to role in fake referral bonus scheme

A National Guard sergeant was one of 24 individuals who pleaded guilty in a defrauding scheme that cost the Army National Guard more than $30,000 in loses.

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 05:38pm EDT

John Malcolm, Senior Legal Fellow, Heritage Foundation

President Barack Obama has rarely used his power to pardon people convicted of crimes. The Justice Department says that's about to change. It gave federal inmates hope by publishing new criteria last week. If you are a low-level drug offender with no history of violence or ties to organized crime, and you've served at least 10 years, then you've got a chance. Now the department is bracing for thousands of petitions. John Malcolm, a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp why presidential pardons have declined over the years.

Monday - 04/28/2014, 10:23am EDT
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NOAA CIO Klimavicz heading to Justice

Joe Klimavicz will become the Justice Department's new chief information officer. Klimavicz will leave the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) after spending more than seven years its the CIO and director of high performance computing and communications.

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 03:51pm EDT

Ed You, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI

For the FBI, threats to the United States come in many forms. One of them is biological. The bureau has been investigating ways to combine big data analytics and life sciences to help protect against bio threats. Last week, the FBI joined in an event on the implications of big data on national security. Ed You, supervisory special agent in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate at the FBI, joined Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp. He explained how bio hazards, big data and life sciences come together to help national security.

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 09:46am EDT
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OJP kick starts workplace initiative with wireless network launch

Angel Santa, the deputy CIO at the Office of Justice Programs, said an acquisition is possible in the coming months for a wireless network as part of an effort to make employees more mobile ready.
March 20, 2014

Thursday - 03/20/2014, 05:52pm EDT
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Dan Metcalfe, adjunct professor of law at American University

Why can't the government do a better job at Freedom of Information Act requests?

Wednesday - 03/19/2014, 09:42am EDT
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Agency FOIA officers discontent with House reform bill

The FOIA Act of 2014 would amend the Freedom of Information Act in 12 ways. It calls for the online portal and requires more oversight by agency inspectors general. But some agency FOIA officers say the bill only would improve the information disclosure process minimally.

Wednesday - 03/19/2014, 06:19am EDT
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Holder released from hospital after feeling faint

Attorney General Holder discharged from hospital after feeling faint, short of breath

Thursday - 02/27/2014, 04:52pm EST

The keys to successful IT managment

Van Hitch, senior advisor for Deloitte's Federal Practice, and former Justice Department CIO, joins host Roger Waldron to talk about how cloud computing, mobile technology, and other IT advances can help your agency become more efficient.
February 4, 2014

Tuesday - 02/04/2014, 08:26pm EST
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OPM undecided whether to suspend, debar USIS after DoJ complaint

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta called Justice's case an "egregious violation of the public trust." OPM has taken steps to reform and improve the oversight of the security clearance system to prevent future "dumping" of cases.

Monday - 01/27/2014, 12:33pm EST

Background check firm in hot water for 'flushing' records

The Justice Department has accused the company that performed background investigations of both National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis of defrauding the government, making false statements and breach of contract. DoJ's civil complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Alabama alleges the company, which is the government's largest contractor for background-investigation services, submitted at least 665,000 background investigations to the Office of Personnel Management that hadn't been properly reviewed.

Thursday - 01/23/2014, 01:29pm EST

Agency watchdogs seek more independence, budget boost

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) says agency inspectors general are increasingly facing obstacles in their efforts to uncover waste and misconduct. The top watchdogs at both the Justice Department and the Peace Corps told lawmakers they've faced resistance from their agencies at times in turning over records in recent years. Lawmakers also expressed concern about the impact of across-the-board budget cuts on the operations agency IG operations.

Wednesday - 01/15/2014, 05:21pm EST

Obama proposes firearm background check changes

Obama proposes firearm background check changes aimed at those with mental health issues

Sunday - 01/05/2014, 01:20am EST

PM-ISE shepherds secure data sharing tool from validation to expansion

Through the back-end attribute exchange, agencies can have a standard way for different organizations to safely and securely share sensitive information. The Justice Department conducted a pilot earlier this year and found success with state and local law enforcement agencies accessing the Regional Information Sharing System.

Friday - 11/29/2013, 05:00am EST
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Sequestration crisis at the FBI

The drastic budgetary cuts that face the FBI pose a clear and present danger to national security and to the citizens of the United States. If these cuts remain in place it will not be a question of if, but rather when disaster will occur, says Ellen Glasser, president of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI.

Friday - 11/22/2013, 02:00am EST

DOJ joins whistleblower suit against company that vetted Snowden, Alexis

The Justice Department has joined a whistleblower False Claims Act suit against the federal government's largest provider of background investigations. Filed under the False Claims Act, the suit alleges that USIS, which currently has a multimillion-dollar contract with the Office of Personnel Management, failed to properly review its casework before providing it OPM.

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 04:21pm EDT

Justice Department spent nearly $5M on drones

From 2004 to May this year, Justice Department has spent nearly $5M on drones

Friday - 09/27/2013, 09:58am EDT
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