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Fortune telling for Philadelphia VA staff flagged in IG audit

Two senior Veterans Affairs officials in Philadelphia acted improperly when subordinates were charged money to attend a work-related party featuring psychic readings, resulting in personal profits for the spouse of one official, according to an audit released Thursday.

Tags: Veteran Affairs , Philadelphia , management , Congress , Oversight

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 06:40pm EDT

John Hudak, Fellow, Brookings Institution

Inspectors General exist to ferret out waste, fraud and abuse. They save and recover money for the government. But how do your measure the effectiveness of the IGs themselves? Researchers at the Brookings Institution think they've found a way to figure out the return on investment agencies get from their inspectors general. John Hudak is a fellow at Brookings, and co-authored the research report. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the findings and the methodology behind them.

Tags: John Hudak , Brookings , Oversight , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Friday - 05/15/2015, 09:11am EDT
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Michael Horowitz, Inspector General, Department of Justice

Aging inmates are putting a strain on the Bureau of Prisons. That's according a new report from the Justice Department's Inspector General. The IG found older inmates incur greater medical costs, and that many prisons aren't properly equipped to handle a geriatric inmate population. Michael Horowitz is the Justice IG. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more from the report and how the Bureau of Prisons might respond.

Tags: Michael Horowitz , Justice Department , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Bureau of Prisons

Wednesday - 05/13/2015, 09:39am EDT
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John Roth, Inspector General, Homeland Security

The politics that surround illegal immigration are thorny, but so are the logistics. The Homeland Security Department's inspector general has chastised the department for sending detainees home on nearly empty flights and failing to record critical information about those detainees, like whether or not they belong to gangs. IG John Roth says the department could have saved more than $40 million through better planning. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to offer a solution.

Tags: John Roth , Homeland Security , Oversight , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 09:01am EDT
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Sen. Johnson: 10 agencies need permanent IGs now

President Barack Obama and the leaders of 10 federal agencies should identify candidates to become Inspectors General at those agencies. That's according to a letter all 16 members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee sent to the White House and those leaders. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why he and his colleagues wrote the letter to the President in the first place.

Tags: Ron Johnson , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Senate , Oversight , In Depth

Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:21pm EDT
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Senate urges President to fill inspector general vacancies

Sixteen members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee penned a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to fill IG vacancies at 10 agencies.

Tags: Ron Johnson , Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee , Sean McCalley , Oversight , Senate

Monday - 04/20/2015, 05:28pm EDT
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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.

Tags: Sean McCalley , prostitution , DEA , Eric Holder , Attorney General , sex , DoJ , Justice

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

Calls grow for the ouster of Commerce IG Todd Zinser

Three whistleblower groups have joined Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) in calling for the removal of the Commerce Department's top watchdog over alleged misconduct.

Tags: Todd Zinser , Eddie Bernice Johnson , misconduct , Commerce Department , Jory Heckman , Government Accountability Project , National Whistleblowers Center , POGO , whistleblower

Friday - 04/10/2015, 11:39am EDT

Lynne Bernabei, Bernabei & Wachtel

Usually it's the inspectors general who accuse others of wrongdoing, whether it's spending too much money here, or treating people unfairly there. Rarely is the behavior of the IG's themselves questioned. So it's notable that now Commerce Department inspector general Todd Zinser is fighting for his job. A Democratic lawmaker, Texas Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, has called on the Obama Administration to fire Zinser. She says she has 'ample' evidence of misconduct and mismanagement. In this week's Legal Loop Lynne Bernabei, partner at the law firm Bernabei and Watchel, who often represents federal whistleblowers, spoke with Emily Kopp about Zinser's situation on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: Lynne Bernabei , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Bernabei & Wachtel , whistleblowers , Emily Kopp , Oversight

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:10am EDT
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John Roth, Inspector General, DHS

Customs and Border Protection is close to a final solution for its overtime problem. The agency has a program called Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime, or AUO, to give managers flexibility in scheduling. John Roth is Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security. His office completes a deep dive on AUO at CBP. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Roth explained how the program works, the problems he looked at, and the progress the agency is making in fixing the issues.

Tags: John Roth , DHS , Oversight , In Depth , CBP

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 04:57pm EDT
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