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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.

Tags: Michael Horowitz , Justice Department , inspector general , In Depth

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:38pm EST
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Sharon Bradford Franklin, Executive Director, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Its original intention was ostensibly to help protect the U.S. from terrorist threats. But Edward Snowden's reveal of the extent of the National Security Agency's bulk telephone records program planted seeds of doubt in many minds. Records indicate the NSA was even monitoring domestic calls. Sharon Bradford Franklin is the executive director of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the bulk data collection program, and whether it should even continue.

Tags: Sharon Bradford Franklin , Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , NSA , Edward Snowden

Friday - 02/06/2015, 09:09am 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.

Tags: whistleblower , OIG , inspector general , Inspector General Act of 1978 , Michael Horowitz , Justice Department , FBI , EPA , Arthur Elkins , CSB , Kathy Buller , Peace Corps , sexual assaults , House Oversight and Goverment Reform Committee , House , Michael OConnell

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

Randolph Alles, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Air and Marine

Eight years after unmanned aircraft became a part of border security, the effectiveness of the program remains a question mark. A new Homeland Security inspector general audit says Customs and Border Protection never developed performance measures. Investigators found aircraft don't meet flight goals, and CBP has way undercalculated flight costs. The agency, however, disputes those findings. For the management side of the story, Randolph "Tex" Alles, assistant commissioner of the Office of Air and Marine at CBP, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive. His first bone to pick concerned how long the drones are supposed to be in the air.

Tags: Randolph Alles , CBP , drones , DHS , inspector general , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , John Roth

Monday - 02/02/2015, 09:57am EST
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Air Force suspends, begins debarment process of FedBid

The Air Force's decision comes after the Veterans Affairs IG found alleged procurement fraud, intimidation and threats against a federal official. FedBid says it's cooperating with the Air Force and believes it took the necessary steps to fix the problems.

Tags: Contracting , acquisition , FedBid , Air Force , VA , Joe Jordan , Suspension and debarment , reverse auctions , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 06:32pm EST

Fighting for whistleblower rights, OSC gains higher profile

Blowing the whistle on wrongdoing at the Department of Veterans Affairs can mean risking everything from losing a job to losing the respect of co-workers. But in fighting whistleblower retaliation today, the Office of Special Counsel hopes future whistleblowers will come forward without fear of punishment.

Tags: Eric Bachman , OSC , whistleblower , Veterans Affairs , Jory Heckman , mangement , Workforce

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 03:24pm EST
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USAID suspends awards to Virginia-based contractor

The main U.S. foreign assistance agency on Monday suspended awards to a non-governmental organization that has received more than $1 billion for its work in Afghanistan and Iraq the past nine years.

Tags: USAID , Contracting , Afghanistan , Iraq , International Relief and Development , management ,

Monday - 01/26/2015, 08:30pm EST

Contracting whistleblowers may get new channel to report wrongdoings

The Office of Special Counsel has proposed a rule change that would allow federal contractors and grantees a new channel to report wrongdoings at federal agencies.

Tags: OSC , whistleblower , industry , Contracting , waste fraud abuse , Federal Register , Michael OConnell

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:25pm EST

Don't ask GSA how many full-time teleworkers it has - it doesn't know

An inspector general audit slams the General Services Administration's telework program. It says the agency poorly tracked employees who work outside the office and the costs they incurred.

Tags: GSA , inspector general , telework , Antonia Harris , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 03:00pm EST

Supreme Court decision helps clarify whistleblower protections

The Supreme Court upheld an appeals court's decision that Robert MacLean is eligible for whistleblower protection. The TSA fired the former air marshal for leaking information to the media.

Tags: Supreme Court , Robert MacLean , John Roberts , whistleblower , Tom Devine , TSA , DHS , Matthew Tully , Tully Rinckey , Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 03:17pm EST
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