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Conference investigation leaves some questioning GSA IG's aggressive tactics

The General Services Administration's inspector general investigated the agency's recent SmartPay Training Conference and found no wrongdoing or elaborate spending. But the approach taken by the GSA inspector has left some at the agency uneasy. According to a draft memo obtained by Federal News Radio, tactics used by the investigator included a late night awakening and interrogation of the GSA executive in charge of the conference.

Tags: GSA , FAS , SmartPay , SmartPay Training Conference , David Shea , Brian Miller , Steven Heckler , Jeff Denham , James Hudson , Sarah Breen , Shakeup at GSA , exclusive

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 02:40am EDT
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Fired GSA Buildings Service commissioner finds new job

Bob Peck, who was fired in April after an inspector general's report revealed excessive spending at a GSA conference, was hired by the Gensler consulting group to lead its D.C.-based office.

Tags: Bob Peck , Shakeup at GSA , GSA , Public Buildings Service , 2010 Western Regions Conference , Michael OConnell

Friday - 08/24/2012, 06:03am EDT

Pentagon IG details 'multiple forms of misconduct' by AFRICOM general

First Africa Command leader misused his authority and government funds, DoD inspector general finds. The review recommends the Army take "appropriate action" against Gen. William Ward.

Tags: DoD , Jared Serbu , Army , William Ward , U.S. Africa Command , waste fraud abuse , DoD Report , Federal Drive

Friday - 08/17/2012, 04:01pm EDT

ICE chief of staff takes leave pending IG review

Suzanne Barr, the chief of staff for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has placed herself on leave pending a review by the DHS Office of Inspector General and the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility. The review focuses on accusations made in a lawsuit filed by a fellow ICE employee.

Tags: ICE , DHS , Suzanne Barr , Janet Napolitano ,

Wednesday - 08/15/2012, 12:16pm EDT

DoD IG finds audits at DISA fall short of government standards

A review of audit practices at the military's IT agency finds significant deficiencies in meeting governmentwide "yellow book" auditing standards. DISA agreed with the inspector general's findings and laid out four steps toward improvement.

Tags: DoD , DISA , financial management , Kristopher Miltner , yellow book , Jared Serbu , oversight , management , DoD Report

Monday - 08/13/2012, 05:39am EDT

GOP lawmaker questions spending at VA conferences

A Republican lawmaker is raising questions about spending at training conferences held in Florida last year by the Veterans Affairs Department that have prompted an internal investigation at the agency.

Tags: Jeff Miller , Veterans Affairs Department , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Congress , House , Joshua Taylor , oversight , Eric Shinseki

Monday - 08/13/2012, 09:47pm EDT

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.

Tags: Robert Storch , DoJ , ombudsman , oversight , whistleblower , POGO , Federal Drive

Friday - 08/10/2012, 11:01am EDT
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OGE missed signs of GSA ethics violations, memo says

A memo by a government watchdog group finds the General Services Administration's ethics program received high marks in a November 2010 study from the Office of Government Ethics. The report was issued shortly after GSA threw the lavish Las Vegas conference that has led to the firings of top officials and the resignation of Administrator Martha Johnson and a slew of congressional hearings.

Tags: Cause of Action , Office of Government Ethics , GSA , Shakeup at GSA , oversight , financial disclosure ,

Monday - 08/06/2012, 11:54am EDT
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