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Department of Justice News

FOIA backlog grows even as agencies process more requests

Agencies dedicated more money and personnel to FOIA processing in 2011, but requests grew even faster.

Monday - 09/10/2012, 05:32am EDT

IG says Justice misreported some terrorism stats

Justice reported in 2009 that 512 people were charged with terrorism or terrorism-related crimes for six years after the September 11, 2001, attacks. But the audit showed 544 people were actually charged during that time period.

Thursday - 09/06/2012, 12:17pm EDT

Govt won't bring charges over CIA interrogations

The Justice Department announced Thursday it has ended its investigation into CIA interrogations of terrorist detainees without bringing criminal charges.

Thursday - 08/30/2012, 09:28pm EDT

Agencies get better at 'whole of government' info sharing

The head of the federal government's information sharing initiative says agencies are doing a better job in a post-9/11 environment. Kshemendra Paul is the program manager for the Information Sharing Environment.

Thursday - 08/30/2012, 12:59pm EDT
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DEA agent's work led to capture of 'Merchant of Death'

Lou Milione is a special agent and group supervisor for the Drug Enforcement Administration. He is a finalist for a 2012 Service to America Medal.

Tuesday - 08/14/2012, 09:21am EDT
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DoJ IG ombudsman to guarantee whistleblower rights

Long-time federal prosecutor Robert Storch is the first whistleblower ombudsman at the Justice Department. In this newly-created position, Storch is charged with making sure whistleblower complaints coming into the Office of the Inspector General are reviewed in a timely and proper manner.

Friday - 08/10/2012, 11:01am EDT
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New Justice position focuses on whistleblowers

The Justice Department's inspector general has appointed an experienced federal prosecutor to ensure that whistleblower complaints are addressed quickly and thoroughly and that investigations of retaliation claims are closely monitored.

Wednesday - 08/08/2012, 12:27pm EDT

Enforcement of SCRA results in expansive settlement with national lender

A recently announced consent decree between Capitol One and the Justice Department is the most sweeping settlement as the Justice Department ramps up enforcement of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

Friday - 08/03/2012, 09:09pm EDT
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FBI turns troubled into triumph with Sentinel system

The long-awaited, problematic case management application met full operational capability in May. Jeff Johnson, the FBI's CTO, said about 30,000 employees have been using Sentinel for about a month. The $451 million program modernizes the FBI's workflow and document management system.

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 05:15am EDT
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IG: Justice employees pushed relatives for jobs

The Justice Department's inspector general said Thursday that eight high-ranking employees in the department's management division improperly promoted the hiring of relatives for summer or full-time work or assisted others in doing so.

Thursday - 07/26/2012, 06:11pm EDT

DOJ to seek new indictment in Blackwater shooting

The Justice Department plans to bring a new indictment against four Blackwater Worldwide guards involved in a 2007 shooting that killed 17 Iraqis. U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina had thrown out the case in 2009, but an appeals court reinstated the charges last year.

Wednesday - 07/25/2012, 11:17am EDT

Senators tell DoJ to fix its suspension, debarment databases

Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) want regular updates from Justice officials on the steps they are taking to better input and share information on vendors who have committed crimes. The DoJ IG found the agency's internal controls and training were lacking.

Monday - 07/23/2012, 05:12am EDT
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Office for Immigration Review entering next phase of IT upgrades

The Justice Department's Executive Office of Immigration Review is implementing phase four of their E-World initiative to bring e-filing capabilities to attorneys.
July 12, 2012

Thursday - 07/12/2012, 09:32pm EDT
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FBI to review lab work on thousands of convictions

The Justice Department and the FBI will review thousands of criminal convictions from over a decade ago for possibly flawed analysis of hair sample evidence.

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 04:59pm EDT

DoD leads the way in student loan repayment program

DoD attracts and retains more employees through an increased involvement in the student loan repayment program.

Thursday - 07/05/2012, 07:22pm EDT

DOJ IG called to investigate whistleblowers' safety

Lawmakers ask for DoJ's IG to investigate the effectiveness of the agency's efforts to protect the whistleblowers in the Fast and Furious case. After alleged negative and potential threatening comments by an ATF official, lawmakers are concerned if the motive is vindictive.

Monday - 07/02/2012, 08:45pm EDT

House votes to hold attorney general in contempt

The House has approved a precedent-setting resolution to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress. It was the first time a sitting Cabinet member has been held in contempt.

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 04:47pm EDT

Contempt of Congress issue may fizzle after vote

>Time appears to be limited for the House to pursue a criminal contempt case against Holder or a civil case to compel President Barack Obama's administration to turn over subpoenaed documents. A contempt citation against Holder presumably would expire when the current Congress ends in January.

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 02:56am EDT

Talks fail to resolve Holder contempt issue

Obama administration officials and House Republican staff members Tuesday failed to resolve a document dispute that could lead to a precedent- setting contempt of Congress vote Thursday against Attorney General Eric Holder.

Tuesday - 06/26/2012, 08:27pm EDT

Committee will help pick US attorney in Chicago

Illinois' two senators will appoint a six-member committee to help find a worthy successor to outgoing U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, whose tenure in Chicago included the successful prosecutions of two Illinois governors, Sen. Dick Durbin said Monday.

Monday - 06/25/2012, 04:10pm EDT
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