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Archive: Washington Watchdogs

Report: Ex-Surgeon General Used Employees as Chauffeurs

A former U.S. surgeon general who later served as New York's health commissioner ordered state employees to act as her personal chauffeurs on shopping trips and personal errands, a report released today by New York's inspector general shows.

By Derek Kravitz | January 27, 2009; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

How a U.S. Attorney Went After 'Crazy Libs'

In Justice Department attorney Bradley Schlozman's world, "real Americans" were "right-thinking" conservatives and he sought to "gerrymander all of those crazy libs" out of the department's civil-rights division he headed, according to an exhaustive report released today by the department's inspector general into alleged politicization in hiring processes.

By Derek Kravitz | January 13, 2009; 04:14 PM ET | Comments (4)

U.S. Marshals Lawyer Criticized for Sports Trips

A lawyer for the U.S. Marshals Service improperly used government vehicles and agents to escort himself and TV broadcasters to and from high-profile sporting events, including the 2007 World Series, last year's Super Bowl and the NCAA college football championship.

By Derek Kravitz | January 12, 2009; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Flushing Out Interior's Bathroom Spending

Outgoing Interior Department Secretary Dirk Kempthorne spent roughly $235,000 in taxpayer funds renovating his office bathroom last fall, installing a new shower, a refrigerator and freezer and wainscot wood panelling, department officials say. An initial investigation by the department's inspector general, sparked by questions from The Washington Post, soon followed. Today, Inspector General Earl Devaney said his office has launched a full-scale probe into the spending and "still have plenty of facts to flush out." (Pun intended.)

By Derek Kravitz | January 8, 2009; 06:06 PM ET | Comments (2)

Report: Interior Office Meddled With Endangered Species Act

Political meddling into the designation of imperiled species and habitats at the Department of Interior was more widespread than previously thought, investigators found, according to a lengthy inspector general's report released today.

By Derek Kravitz | December 15, 2008; 06:30 PM ET | Comments (3)

Report: CIA Withheld Info on Plane Shootdown

A CIA report released by a congressional lawmaker is set to stir up old wounds about the 2001 shoot-down of an American missionary plane mistakenly identified as a drug smuggler in Peru's Amazon region.

By Derek Kravitz | November 20, 2008; 04:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

VA: Hospital Head Abused Travel, Purged Files

A top government doctor has been disciplined after Veterans Affairs investigators found that the former head of Alabama's health care system improperly hired a friend, abused government travel vouchers and a Blackberry and destroyed his computer hard drive while he was under investigation.

By Derek Kravitz | October 10, 2008; 03:11 PM ET | Comments (12)

Report: Federal Helium Program Full of Hot Air

The federal government, the chief supplier of crude helium, has entered into sweetheart deals with a group of private refiners, potentially costing taxpayers more than $100 million, according to an inspector general's report (PDF) released this week by the Department of Interior.

By Derek Kravitz | August 21, 2008; 05:31 PM ET | Comments (5)

GAO: Fake Companies Approved Under Medicare Program

The government is putting millions of Medicare dollars at risk by allowing phony sellers of wheelchairs, prosthetics and other medical supplies to submit reimbursement claims, according to a Government Accountability Office report released today. Government investigators uncovered the weakness in accounting controls when they sought to follow up on oversight...

By Derek Kravitz | August 4, 2008; 05:08 PM ET | Comments (2)

Report: Abandoned Mines Threaten Health, Safety

"Washington Watchdogs," a periodic feature of the Post's Investigations blog, looks at the findings of the federal government's official investigators. Thousands of dangerous and deteriorating mine shafts scattered across California, Arizona and Nevada contain unhealthy levels of arsenic, lead and mercury, according to a report from the Department of...

By Derek Kravitz | July 24, 2008; 07:16 PM ET | Comments (2)

GAO: 'Jaws of Life,' Tractors, Laptops Went Missing

"Washington Watchdogs," a periodic feature of the Post's Investigations blog, looks at the findings of the federal government's official investigators. Millions of dollars in equipment purchased by the Indian Health Service, including all-terrain vehicles and tractors, laptop computers and digital cameras, have been lost or stolen, according to a...

By Derek Kravitz | July 21, 2008; 02:55 PM ET | Comments (2)

Report: Chesapeake Bay Facing New Challenges

"Washington Watchdogs," a periodic feature of the Post's Investigations blog, looks at the findings of the federal government's official investigators. State and local agencies have made strides in cleaning up decades of water pollution in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, but those tasked with turning around the bay are still...

By Derek Kravitz | July 16, 2008; 05:03 PM ET | Comments (1)

GAO: Security Lapses Continue at Los Alamos

"Washington Watchdogs," a periodic feature of the Post's Investigations blog, looks at the findings of the federal government's official investigators. (Updated to include a statement from Los Alamos National Laboratory) Security lapses at one of the nation's three nuclear weapons testing labs, the storied Los Alamos National Laboratory in...

By Derek Kravitz | July 15, 2008; 06:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Interior IG Alleges Steering of Contract

"Washington Watchdogs," a periodic feature of the Post's Investigations blog, looks at the findings of the federal government's official investigators. A high-ranking official with a U.S. Department of Interior program tasked with improving the management of Indian funds held in trust steered a contract to an accounting firm where...

By Derek Kravitz | July 10, 2008; 07:56 PM ET | Comments (9)

Audit: 'Small Business' Money Given to Big Business

"Washington Watchdogs," a periodic feature of the Post's Investigations blog, looks at the findings of the federal government's official investigators. Investigators from the Department of the Interior found that $5.7 million in contracts that were supposed to go to "small businesses" were actually given to several Fortune 500 companies....

By Derek Kravitz | July 8, 2008; 12:04 PM ET | Comments (6)

VA Official Scolded for Ties to Advocacy Group

"Washington Watchdogs," a periodic feature of the Post's Investigations blog, looks at the findings of the federal government's official investigators. (Updated at 3:49 p.m. to include information from Disabled American Veterans) A top Department of Veterans Affairs official has been scolded by the government agency for his involvement with...

By Derek Kravitz | July 7, 2008; 01:10 PM ET | Comments (8)

U.S. Audit Questions Aid Project in Paraguay

"Washington Watchdogs," a periodic feature of the Post's Investigations blog, looks at the findings of the federal government's official investigators. A U.S.-sponsored program in Paraguay designed to help the landlocked South American country fight corruption has been sidetracked by allegations of influence peddling and favoritism, a government audit shows....

By Derek Kravitz | July 2, 2008; 04:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

GSA Report Notes Criminal Prosecutions, Omits Doan

"Washington Watchdogs," a periodic feature of the Post's Investigations blog, looks at the findings of the federal government's official investigators. The watchdog for the General Services Administration, the government's premier contracting agency, had an eventful year in catching government employees with their hands in the proverbial cookie jar. The...

By Derek Kravitz | June 20, 2008; 04:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Halliburton Subsidiary Faulted For Hurricane Work

"Washington Watchdogs," a periodic feature of the Post's Investigations blog, looks at the findings of the federal government's official investigators. Reports of problems with defense contractor KBR Inc. just keep piling up. The Houston-based company's efforts to repair Navy facilities following Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina were deemed shoddy and...

By Derek Kravitz | June 17, 2008; 05:13 PM ET | Comments (30)

Boeing Sought $1 Billion-Plus It Didn't Deserve

"Washington Watchdogs," a periodic feature of the Post's Investigations blog, looks at the findings of the federal government's official investigators. The federal government overpaid Boeing between $300 million and $475 million in "economic price adjustment" charges on contracts to build three types of aircraft, according to a Department of...

By Derek Kravitz | June 16, 2008; 04:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Watchdogs: The Coast Guard's Accidents Investigations, or Lack Thereof

"Washington Watchdogs," a periodic feature of the Post's Investigations blog, looks at the findings of the federal government's official investigators. The U.S. Coast Guard didn't fully investigate hundreds of sea accidents and deaths because of inexperienced marine investigators, says an inspector general's report from the Department of Homeland Security....

By Derek Kravitz | May 28, 2008; 08:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

A New Feature for the Blog: Findings of the Government's Official Investigators

Welcome to a new feature that will appear here frequently. "Washington Watchdogs" will cherry-pick the reports, audits and testimonies generated by the federal government's inspectors general, the Government Accountability Office and others. Today we look at reports examining child neglect in group homes; the resignation of a Naval officer...

By Derek Kravitz | May 19, 2008; 03:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

 

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