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7:54 pm, January 30, 2015

Department of Justice News

Attorney General nominee wins GOP endorsements

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch won two key Republican endorsements Thursday en route to likely confirmation as the first black woman in the nation's top law enforcement job.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 08:26pm EST

Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes

Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president's unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 03:24am EST

Lynne Bernabei, Bernabei & Wachtel

Two Justice Department prosecutors were briefly suspended for withholding evidence during the 2008 corruption trial of then-Sen. Ted Stevens. Now they've won their appeals over a technicality in how Justice handled their case. According to the Merit System Protection Board, Justice violated its own procedures in punishing the duo. Lynne Bernabei, a partner at the law firm Bernabei and Watchel, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the case.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 09:44am EST
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New IG council chair maps out oversight priorities

New leadership is coming to the Council of Inspectors General. On Jan. 1, Michael Horowitz, inspector general of the Justice Department, will begin his two-year term as chair of the organization. He and his predecessor, former GSA IG Brian Miller, discussed the many challenges of directing the 72 inspectors general in government.

Wednesday - 12/31/2014, 03:13pm EST

DoJ's new cybersecurity office to aid in worldwide investigations

The Justice Department is taking its cyber crime-fighting efforts to a new level with the addition of a new cybersecurity unit. The unit will be operating under DoJ's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property section, and will serve to offer legal advice for cyber crime investigations worldwide.

Monday - 12/29/2014, 04:31am EST
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Lockheed, Iron Mountain pay millions to settle overbilling allegations

The Justice Department settled two different cases with large contractors, both of which allegedly overcharged the agencies under the False Claims Act.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 12:19pm EST

Yates tapped for deputy AG

AP sources: Obama to nominate Sally Yates, a US attorney, to be deputy attorney general

Monday - 12/22/2014, 01:40am EST

Michael Stawasz, Deputy Chief for Computer Crime, Dept. of Justice

A new cybersecurity unit at the Justice Department will offer itself as a legal advisor for cyber crime investigations worldwide. It will be operating under the department's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. And its doors are already open. Michael Stawasz, the deputy chief for computer crime in the Justice Department's Criminal Division, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why this unit was needed, as well as what sets it apart from DOJ's existing cyber crime departments.

Friday - 12/19/2014, 11:05am EST
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Justice's API release signals bigger win for open source

The Justice Department's first foray into the open data world with the launch of two APIs is noteworthy. But the underlying reason why DoJ could release the software code is really the story here.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:15am EST

Postal employee pleads guilty to seven-year disability scam

Colette Lee was charged with making false statements to obtain federal employee compensation benefits.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 03:32pm EST

DoJ collects record $24B in criminal, civil cases

The Department of Justice has recovered an unprecedented sum of money in civil and criminal cases this fiscal year, having collected billions in penalties from JPMorgan and Citgroup, Inc. for their role in the 2008 financial crisis.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 12:50pm EST

Joe Kaplan, Founding Principal, Passman & Kaplan, P.C.

The Justice Department Inspector General finds that a student hiring program was marred by nepotism. Two immigration administrators and a judge made the hiring of relatives seem like a routine practice in the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Joe Kaplan is founding principal at the Washington law firm Passman & Kaplan. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the rules about nepotism and how federal managers can avoid trouble.

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 05:02pm EST
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Stacia Hylton, Director, U.S. Marshals Service

The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows. They're tasked with examining and reporting to Congress on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government. Stacia Hylton is director of the U.S. Marshals Service at the Justice Department. Her law enforcement career spans more than three decades, where she's held positions such as Chief for the Judicial Security Programs and the Emergency Response Incident Commander for Ground Zero after 9-11. Director Hylton joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to describe how she got started.

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 11:13am EST
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Obama chooses NY prosecutor as attorney general

Obama nominating NY prosecutor Loretta Lynch as attorney general, first black woman for post

Saturday - 11/08/2014, 03:44am EST

VA official charged with health care fraud

Former Chief of Prosthetics at VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, and equipment vendor charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 10:17am EDT

Former FBI agent pleads guilty to conspiracy, bribery

A former FBI counterintelligence special agent was charged with 11 counts of conspiracy, eight counts of honest services wire fraud, obstruction of a grand jury proceeding and obstruction of an agency proceeding.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 04:11pm EDT

Army sergeant pleads guilty to stealing 1M gallons of fuel

While deployed in Afghanistan, Christopher Ciampa allegedly stole more than one million gallons of fuel for resale on Afghanistan's black market.

Friday - 09/26/2014, 04:21am EDT

Holder resigning: Attorney general backed rights

Holder resigning as attorney general after long tenure that brought change, controversy

Friday - 09/26/2014, 03:26am EDT

Joseph Campbell, Criminal Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Public corruption is a top priority for the FBI. Agents look for everything from local motor vehicle officials fudging things for a case of whiskey to federal officials who might be on the take. That includes keeping resources on the southern border, watching border patrol agents. Joseph Campbell is assistant director for the Criminal Division at the FBI. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explained how public corruption cases are generated.

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 09:14am EDT
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Former VA employee sentenced for stealing government property

Venita Godfrey-Scott was charged with stealing government property she used for various home improvement projects.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 04:14am EDT
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