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10:39 pm, July 28, 2014

Department of Justice News

Joe Klimavicz, chief information officer, Justice Department

The new Chief Information Officer at the Justice Department is reviewing his to-do list two months into the job. Joe Klimavicz took over as the Justice CIO in May after leaving the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Joe writes about his first weeks on the job on the CIO Council's blog. He says he had to dig in quickly and learn the ropes at DoJ.

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 06:10pm EDT
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Cynthia Schnedar, Justice Department Office of the Inspector General

The Justice Department inspector general recently found the slow pace of government may have cost lives. A new report looks at how the FBI and Justice Department tried to clean up a mess that began 20 years ago. Examiners at the FBI crime lab did shoddy work for criminal prosecutions. It took the FBI nearly five years to identify all the defendants who might have been impacted. Some already had been executed. An agency task force took nine years to finish reviewing the problems. Deputy Inspector General Cynthia Schedar joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to recap what happened.

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 10:18am EDT
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Republicans criticize handling of IRS inquiry

GOP criticizes Justice Department handling of IRS investigation; probe includes missing emails

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 05:17pm EDT

Get rid of the ATF? Why one Congressman wants it gone

A top House overseer of federal law enforcement thinks that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) should be dissolved.

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 12:25pm EDT
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Judge Dana Leigh Marks, National Association of Immigration Judges

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell spent much of the weekend trying to rally support among governors for the administration's efforts to cope with a surge of migrants coming across the Southwest border. The Justice Department issued regulations to name at least 15 temporary immigration judges. That will help the overloaded courts a smidgen. For a first-hand look at the immigration court system, Tom Temin and Emily Kopp spoke to Judge Dana Leigh Marks on the Federal Drive. She is president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, and she likens her job to deciding death-penalty cases with traffic-court resources.

Monday - 07/14/2014, 08:20am EDT
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Jon Adler, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association

The House's top overseer over federal law enforcement agencies thinks the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has outlived its usefulness. Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says he plans to introduce legislation that would abolish the ATF -- and fold its current responsibilities into other federal agencies, including the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service. His argument: the ATF has been marred by high-profile blunders and it has missions overlap with other agencies. Jon Adler is national president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association. He took a different view on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Friday - 07/11/2014, 04:44pm EDT
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Robert Anderson, Executive Assistant Director, FBI

The Justice Department has rewritten the playbook on catching cyber criminals. It recently led an international effort to disrupt a global cybertheft ring. A Russian-led gang allegedly stole millions of dollars by infecting computers with malware known as Gameover Zeus. Robert Anderson is the executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber Response and Services Branch at the FBI. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how the sting operation worked.

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 10:34am EDT
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FBI, HUD investigate state official in bid-rigging scheme

Walter Guillory, the former executive director the Lafayette Housing Authority and Opelousas Housing Authority, both in Louisiana, pleaded guilty to bid-rigging and wire fraud.

Friday - 06/13/2014, 04:00am EDT

Experts propose model to close loopholes in FOIA regulations

Ginger McCall, associate director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, says agencies need better FOIA regulations and a cultural change toward transparency.

Thursday - 06/12/2014, 09:25am EDT
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DoJ files False Claims Act lawsuit against CA Technologies

The Justice Department alleges CA has violated since 2002 terms of its GSA schedules contract and over-charged the government for IT hardware and software.

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 05:38pm EDT

In a reversal, FBI will begin recording interviews

Justice Department directs FBI agents to record interviews, reversing policy

Friday - 05/23/2014, 08:10am EDT

Third Navy officer pleads guilty in bribery scheme

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Layug pleaded guilty in an alleged bribery scheme involving Singapore-based defense contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia.

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 02:44pm EDT

MAS audits and the mandatory disclosure rule

Former General Services Administration Inspector General Brian Miller, will discuss MAS audits, the mandatory disclosure rule and the role the IG plays within GSA.
May 20, 2014

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 08:43pm EDT
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Teresa McHenry, Justice Department

The Justice Department is trying out a new strategy when it comes to human-rights abuse cases. Prosecutors are asking refugees to help by telling on abusers who may have fled to the United States, only to be hiding in plain sight. With new outreach efforts and incentives, the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section hopes to spur cooperation that will bring in more cases. Teresa McHenry is chief of the Justice Department's Human Rights unit. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new strategy.

Monday - 05/19/2014, 10:03am EDT
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Chris Voss, Former Lead International Kidnapping Negotiator, FBI

The search for hundreds of abducted school girls heats up in Nigeria. The U.S. has sent a team of experts to assist with search efforts, including personnel from the departments of State and Defense and four FBI officials with expertise in safe recovery and negotiations. Chris Voss, former FBI lead international kidnapping negotiator, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the process behind a hostage negotiation strategy.

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 09:35am EDT
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MAS audits and the mandatory disclosure rule

Former General Services Administration Inspector General Brian Miller, will discuss MAS audits, the mandatory disclosure rule and the role the IG plays within GSA.
May 6, 2014

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 08:43pm EDT
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Soldier pleads guilty to role in fake referral bonus scheme

A National Guard sergeant was one of 24 individuals who pleaded guilty in a defrauding scheme that cost the Army National Guard more than $30,000 in loses.

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 05:38pm EDT

John Malcolm, Senior Legal Fellow, Heritage Foundation

President Barack Obama has rarely used his power to pardon people convicted of crimes. The Justice Department says that's about to change. It gave federal inmates hope by publishing new criteria last week. If you are a low-level drug offender with no history of violence or ties to organized crime, and you've served at least 10 years, then you've got a chance. Now the department is bracing for thousands of petitions. John Malcolm, a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp why presidential pardons have declined over the years.

Monday - 04/28/2014, 10:23am EDT
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NOAA CIO Klimavicz heading to Justice

Joe Klimavicz will become the Justice Department's new chief information officer. Klimavicz will leave the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) after spending more than seven years its the CIO and director of high performance computing and communications.

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 03:51pm EDT

Ed You, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI

For the FBI, threats to the United States come in many forms. One of them is biological. The bureau has been investigating ways to combine big data analytics and life sciences to help protect against bio threats. Last week, the FBI joined in an event on the implications of big data on national security. Ed You, supervisory special agent in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate at the FBI, joined Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp. He explained how bio hazards, big data and life sciences come together to help national security.

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 09:46am EDT
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