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  • State Department Whistleblower..Seeks Congressional Protection After State Threatens Her Kids

    06/12/2013 7:58:29 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 149 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6-12-2013 | Bryan Preston
    June 12, 2013 State Department Whistleblower, a Career Foreign Service Officer, Seeks Congressional Protection After State Threatens Her Kids Bryan Preston The State Department whistleblower is Aurelia Fedenisn. She worked in the department’s inspector general’s office until her retirement in December 2012. According to USA Today, she has sought protection as an official whistleblower after the State Department directly threatened her, once at her home. It threatened her with criminal charges when she turned over documents to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) showing evidence that the department had watered down her report, in which she alleged that the department at the...
  • Gerald Walpin, inspector general fired by Obama, dies

    06/26/2016 3:34:46 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 62 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6-24-2016 | Byron York
    Gerald Walpin, the inspector general who was at the center of controversy in 2009 when he was fired by the White House amid an investigation of an Obama friend, died today. He was 84. Walpin's son-in-law, Allan Tananbaum, said Walpin was struck by a car while crossing a street in Manhattan. Walpin was fired in June 2009 for his investigation of the misuse of money in AmeriCorps, the service organization that was part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, where Walpin served as inspector general. The investigation focused on Kevin Johnson, the former NBA star who became mayor...
  • Immigration boss who barred feds from terror suspect up for award, but agency won't say why

    06/22/2016 4:15:12 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 24 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 6/22/16 | Malia Zimmerman
    A U.S. immigration official blamed in a federal report for barring law enforcement agents from a suspect in the San Bernardino terror attack has been nominated for a prestigious agency award but her bosses in Washington refuse to say what she did to earn consideration. Irene Martin heads the San Bernardino U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office, where last December, she allegedly blocked five armed Department of Homeland Security agents from the man authorities say supplied the firepower in the deadly attack a day earlier. Although an Inspector General's report found she acted improperly, and then lied to investigators,...
  • U.S. Spends More on Medical Care for Inmates than Seniors, Veterans, Military Personnel

    06/21/2016 4:46:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 21, 2016
    President Obama has repeatedly demonstrated that theres an extra special place in his heart for incarcerated criminals, but this is a bit much. The administration spends a lot more money on the medical care of jailed convicts than retired seniors on Medicare, active U.S. military personnel or veterans, including an extra $100 million in one year alone, according to a federal audit released this month. The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) consistently pays outside doctors and hospitals more to treat inmates than Medicare or other federal agencies would pay for the same services, according to the report which is the...
  • Hillary to Bret Baier: I refused IG interview because Id talked about it in the public arena

    06/09/2016 6:37:48 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/09/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Shameless...Do you really want four years of this? I think in describing the type of liar Hillary is, we sometimes toss around the word shameless just because it seems like a good all-purpose adjective - without necessarily thinking about what it means or why it applies. Heres a perfect case in point. The shamelessness of her lying has to do with the fact that she will say things so completely absurd that anyone who thinks about it for even a second will shake their head and ask, Did she really just say that? But Rule 1 of lying in ClintonWorld...
  • Transcript of Cheryl D. Mills, Esq RELEASED [PDF format]

    05/31/2016 2:15:53 PM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 77 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 27, 2016 | Judicial Watch
    The transcript of Cheryl Mills' deposition has been released. Here it is, folks: http://www.judicialwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/JW-v-State-Mills-deposition-01363.pdf
  • Testimony Begins On Clinton Email (Weekly Update)

    05/28/2016 10:07:51 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 27, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    First Deposition Testimony from Clinton Email Discovery Released State Department Office of Inspector General Slams Clinton Email Practices Justice Department Documents Reveal the Widespread Use of Fast and Furious Weapons by Major Mexican Drug Cartels Linked to at Least 69 Killings Memorial Day: Why We Fight First Deposition Testimony from Clinton Email Discovery Released The court-ordered discovery to uncover details about former Secretary of State Hillary Clintons email system has produced the first testimony from her top aides. This week we released the deposition transcript of Ambassador Lewis Lukens, former deputy assistant secretary of state and executive director...
  • Todd to Hillary: This IG report contradicts your previous statements, doesnt it?

    05/27/2016 8:07:43 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 59 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 27, 2016 | Ed Morrissey
    Hillary Clinton spent yesterday doing damage control after the release of the Inspector General report on her use of a secret e-mail server exposed her continuous stream of lies over the last 15 months on the topic. As part of that effort, Hillary called into Meet the Press Daily, where Chuck Todd took a skeptical view of the spin coming from Team Hillary, as Leah Barkoukis notes at Townhall. Todd zeroed in on one statement from the IG report in which Hillary refused to use an official State Department e-mail. Until yesterday, Hillary claimed she wanted one system for convenience,...
  • GOP leader pushes for special counsel to investigate Clinton emails

    05/26/2016 11:03:53 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 26, 2016 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is doubling down on his push for a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton's email practices while secretary of State in the wake of a top watchdog report. "I just have to say the conduct of the former secretary demonstrates why people just don't trust her," the Senate's No. 2 Republican said Thursday. "Her intention has been to obstruct the public's right to know." Cornyn's comments come after the State Department inspector general said that Clinton took steps to make sure her personal email account wasn't "accessible" while she was secretary of State. Cornyn said the...
  • Reid Silent On Baffling Decision To Block Bipartisan IG-Empowering Bill

    03/18/2016 6:17:12 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 18, 2016 | Kathryn Watson
    Senate Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid  refuses to say why for months he has blocked a bipartisan bill designed to ensure inspectors general access all of the official documents they need to fight waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government. Three months ago, the Nevada senator blocked an attempt to pass Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley’s IG Empowerment Act with unanimous consent, which would make it crystal clear that the 1978 Inspector General Act gives presidentially appointed IGs authority to access all agency records for investigations and audits. Reid still refuses to change his position or explain his objections....
  • DOD Opens Afghan Child Sex Abuse Probe

    02/22/2016 12:43:20 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 8 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 2-22-2016
    Following a preliminary investigation, the Pentagon is launching a full-scale probe into how U.S. troops have handled repeated accusations of Afghan military and law-enforcement officials sexually abusing young boys. A number of Americans deployed to Afghanistan have said they witnessed signs of widespread sexual abuse and understood there's a sort of unofficial policy encouraging them not to come forward. That understanding allegedly came from an aversion to heightening tension between Americans and their Afghan partners. It was also characterized as a reaction to several troops who were punished for taking action when they made accusations.
  • ‘This was all planned’: Former IG says Hillary, State Dept. are lying

    02/01/2016 1:45:47 PM PST · by TBP · 37 replies
    The New York Post ^ | January 31, 2016 | Paul Sperry
    The State Department is lying when it says it didn’t know until it was too late that Hillary Clinton was improperly using personal emails and a private server to conduct official business — because it never set up an agency email address for her in the first place, the department’s former top watchdog says. “This was all planned in advance” to skirt rules governing federal records management, said Howard J. Krongard, who served as the agency’s inspector general from 2005 to 2008. The Harvard-educated lawyer points out that, from Day One, Clinton was never assigned and never used a state.gov...
  • Inspector General: Clinton emails had intel from most secretive, classified programs

    01/19/2016 11:29:48 AM PST · by amorphous · 100 replies
    Fox News ^ | 19 Jan 2016 | Catherine Herridge, Pamela Browne
    Hillary Clinton's emails on her unsecured, homebrew server contained intelligence from the U.S. government's most secretive and highly classified programs, according to an unclassified letter from a top inspector general to senior lawmakers. Fox News exclusively obtained the text of the unclassified letter, sent Jan. 14 from Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III. It laid out the findings of a recent comprehensive review by intelligence agencies that identified "several dozen" additional classified emails -- including specific intelligence know as "special access programs" (SAP).
  • State dumps thousands of Clinton emails at 1 a.m.

    01/08/2016 10:04:48 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 1-8-16 | Sarah Westwood
    State Department officials released roughly 2,900 pages of Hillary Clinton's private emails early Friday morning, several hours past their target of late Thursday evening. State first set a broad target of somewhere between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday. But as the night wore on, that shifted to a 2 a.m. estimate. They were finally released right around 1 a.m. The late release was on top of State's failure to release all the emails by New Year's Eve. Instead of releasing everything on Dec. 31, State said it needed another few days to finish the group of Clinton messages. The...
  • DOJ Red Stamp’s FBI Blocking Information From Inspector General

    10/29/2015 3:11:17 PM PDT · by amorphous · 25 replies
    TruNews.Com ^ | 29 Oct 2015
    Department of Justice officials gave official approval Thursday to the FBI’s practice of blocking access to data and documents in a decision that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz said “undermines” his ability to do his job and violates the will of Congress. “Today’s opinion by the Office of Legal Counsel undermines the IG’s independence, which is a hallmark of the Inspector General system and is essential to carrying out the IG’s oversight responsibilities under the Inspector General Act,” Horowitz said. “The OLC’s opinion restricts the IG’s ability to independently access all records in the Justice Department’s possession that are necessary...
  • Sen. Chuck Grassley asks FBI for clarification on Huma Abedin probe

    08/06/2015 6:42:53 AM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/6/15 | Rachael Bade
    Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley is asking the FBI to confirm a tip the panel received that the State Department inspector general has probed Hillary Clinton confidante Huma Abedin for criminal misconduct. On Wednesday, the Iowa Republican sent a letter to FBI director James Comey, obtained by POLITICO, asking him to confirm any investigation of Abedin, whos currently helping run Clintons 2016 campaign. The Judiciary Committee has learned that the Office of Inspector General for the Department of State (State OIG) opened an investigation involving potential criminal conduct by Ms. Huma Abedin while she worked for the Department of State...
  • Al Qaeda Responsible for 4 Attacks on U.S. Embassies in September

    10/03/2012 10:03:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 10/03/2012 | Thomas Jocelyn
    On and around September 11, 2012, al Qaeda attacked multiple American assets around the world. The attack that has received the most attention is the deadly attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. But the U.S. consulate in Libya was not the only diplomatic facility assaulted by al Qaeda-affiliated groups in September. Terrorists with ties to al Qaedas senior leaders, including al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri, were involved in at least three other U.S. embassy sieges in Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, and possibly elsewhere. A timeline of these assaults is...
  • IG: Clintons Emails Included IC-Derived Classified Information; 30,000 Emails Purported to Have

    07/24/2015 11:28:07 AM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7/24/15 | Brittany M. Hughes |
    (CNSNews.com) Four out of a sample of just 40 emails that were on former Secretary of State Hillary Clintons personal email server included IC-derived classified information, according to a memorandum that L. Charles McCullough, III, the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, sent yesterday to the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate intelligence committees and to DNI James Clapper. Additionally, McCullough said, we were informed by State FOIA officials that there are potentially hundreds of classified emails within the approximately 30,000 provided by former Secretary Clinton and that these 30,00 emails are purported to have been...
  • Department of Justice Backtracks, Clinton Email Inquiry Was Not Criminal

    07/24/2015 1:02:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 7/24/15 | Alex Griswold
    The Department of Justice has apparently backtracked from an earlier statement saying that they had received a criminal referral into Hillary Clintons email account from inspector generals in the State Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The New York Times reported that, Two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of stateA Justice Department official confirmed the department received a criminal referral but gave no other details, Reuters Jonathan Allen reported....
  • Inspector General: Hillary Clinton Received Classified Info on Homebrew Email Server

    07/24/2015 11:41:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/24/15 | John Sexton
    An Inspector General review of emails in Hillary Clintons inbox found at least four instances where information she received should have been considered secret at the time she received it. The matter has now been referred to the FBI. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Inspector General only looked at a small sample of Hillarys inbox, just 40 emails. Of those 40, four were found to have information classified secret. A spokesperson for the IG told the WSJ the emails were classified when they were sent and are classified now. Though the remainder of Hillarys email has not been...
  • Obama Administration Restricts Investigative Powers Of Inspectors General

    07/24/2015 9:22:14 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 7/24/15 | Kelly Riddell, The Washington Times
    July 23, 2015 The Obama administration formally announced that inspectors general will have to get permission from their agency heads to gain access to grand jury, wiretap and fair credit information an action that severely limits the watchdogs oversight capabilities, independence and power to uncover fraud. An opinion, issued by the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel, says the Inspector General Act of 1978 which was written by Congress to create the government watchdogs in order to help maintain integrity within their agencies does not have the authority to override nondisclosure provisions in other laws, most...
  • EXCLUSIVE: House Committee Knows Of Hillary Email Server Whistleblower

    06/03/2015 10:04:25 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6-3-15 | Chuck Ross
    Link only. This website is causing fits to my computer, but the article is worth reading. I hope somebody else can copy and paste the content.
  • U.S. Gives $7 Bil in Food Benefits to Ineligible Recipients

    05/22/2015 2:00:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 22, 2015
    The bloated federal agency charged with feeding the poorand eradiating food insecurity in the U.S.blew nearly $7 billion to provide ineligible recipients with the welfare benefit and there appears to be no end in sight to the fleecing. In fact, the agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has for years violated a measure known as the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act (IPERA) that requires agencies to conduct annual risk assessments to identify programs that make significant improper payments of $10 million or more. Not only has the USDA violated IPERA in the last four years, it also refuses...
  • Top DHS official shows favoritism to wealthy, Dem-connected immigrants: report

    03/24/2015 11:58:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 24, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department meddled in three high-profile immigration cases, giving special treatment to applications from wealthy and well-connected immigrants after calls from major Democrats despite the objections of career employees, the departments inspector general concluded in a report Tuesday. Alejandro Mayorkas, who was elevated from head of the departments legal immigration agency to be deputy secretary while the investigation was ongoing, also angered many of his colleagues by getting involved in the cases, and created an appearance of favoritism and special access for the wealthy immigrants, the inspector general concluded. Inspector General John Roth...
  • EPA faces internal review over scrubbed text messages

    01/16/2015 6:48:29 PM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 16, 2015 | Judson Berger
    The Environmental Protection Agency, on the heels of the controversy at the IRS over missing emails, is facing a probe of its own over whether it improperly scrubbed text messages. The EPA inspector general's office announced this week it is launching an audit into the agency's policies for keeping text messages. The audit was prompted by a complaint from Republicans on the House science committee, worried the EPA may have "deleted thousands of text messages" that should have been preserved. Jennifer Kaplan, spokeswoman for the EPA inspector general's office, confirmed the complaint prompted the audit. "Our auditors were persuaded that...
  • State Dept. inspector general: More evidence of rampant mismanagement under Hillary Clinton

    10/07/2014 10:03:36 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 10-7-14 | T. Becket Adams
    The State Department's Office of Inspector General has released another management alert detailing rampant mismanagement within the agency, much of it during Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's tenure. The inspector generals latest management alert the third released by the agency's internal watchdog in a little over a year warns that the State Departments management and oversight of grants has become a serious financial liability. The management and oversight of grants poses heightened financial risk to the Department of State, Inspector General Steve A. Linick said in a report dated Sept. 26 but released Sept. 30. Linick became the...
  • Watchdog Says Treasury Let GM, Ally Give Executives Big Raises During TARP

    09/24/2014 10:52:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 24, 2014 | Alan Zibel
    Report Criticizes Treasury for Allowing Pay Packages Worth at Least $1 Million a YearWASHINGTONThe Treasury Department allowed General Motors Co. GM +0.69% and Ally Financial Corp. ALLY +0.43% to give big pay raises to top executives while the firms struggled to exit their federal bailouts, a federal watchdog said Wednesday. The report criticized the Treasury for allowing Ally and GM to pay compensation packages worth at least $1 million in 2013 for all 25 top executives at each company. The companies paid those executives an average of $3 million annually, an increase of 28% from 2009, the report found. The...
  • Report: Border Patrol homes cost $680,000 each

    09/12/2014 11:02:36 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 21 replies
    The Associated Press via Cableone.net ^ | September 12, 2014 | Astrid Galvan
    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) The federal government wasted millions of dollars in building a housing project for Border Patrol agents in Arizona near the Mexican border, spending nearly $700,000 per house in a small town where the average home costs less than $90,000, a watchdog report found. The analysis by the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general found that U.S. Customs and Border Protection overspent by about $4.6 million on new houses and mobile homes in the small town of Ajo southwest of Phoenix. The agency has spent about $17 million for land, 21 two- and three-bedroom houses and 20...
  • DHS broke law in releasing hundreds of criminal aliens: Audit

    08/12/2014 10:59:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 12, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    The Obama administration broke the law when it released thousands of illegal immigrants, more than 600 of whom had criminal records, last February as a result of poor planning and micromanagement from Washington, according to an internal audit released Tuesday that says things have not improved in the 18 months since. Compounding matters, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) gave bad information to Congress, initially blaming the looming budget sequester, rather than the agency's own budget pressures, the Homeland Security inspector general concluded. In the new report the IG does clear top Homeland Security officials of accusations they pressured ICE...
  • US inspectors general say gov't has blocked access

    08/06/2014 9:20:21 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 10 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 8/5/14 | ERIC TUCKER
    Independent watchdogs of dozens of federal agencies decried on Tuesday what they said were Obama administration efforts to delay or stall their investigations. A letter to Congress from a broad cross-section of inspectors general cites specific instances in which watchdogs for the Justice Department, Environmental Protection Agency and the Peace Corps said they were denied timely access to documents and other information while doing their investigations. The letter says other inspectors general have faced similar obstacles, and that congressional action may be needed to ensure cooperation from government agencies.
  • IG finds dozens of federal workers watched TV and did laundry on the clock and got bonuses

    08/01/2014 1:44:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/01/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    For years, a particularly enthusiastic entrepreneur pitched his book that purported to show how Americans could get government cash for free — free except for the cost of his book, anyway. It turns out that getting free cash from Uncle Sam is even easier than he promised. The Commerce Department’s Inspector General did an investigation of the Patent and Trademark Office after receiving whistleblower complaints about waste, and discovered that dozens of employees got paid for years of arduous duty … such as watching TV, surfing the Internet, and doing their laundry.The best part? Some of them got thousands...
  • Watchdog: Julin Castros San Antonio misused HUD money

    05/19/2014 5:50:41 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | May 19, 2014 | Jon Prior
    San Antonio failed to properly spend funds approved by Congress to combat the housing crisis while President Barack Obamas expected nominee to run the Housing and Urban Development Department was mayor of the city, according to a 2012 report from the agencys inspector general.The report could be a blemish on the record of San Antonio Mayor Julin Castro, a rising star in the Democratic party whose consideration for a spot in the cabinet is seen as a way to burnish his national political profile.
  • Government ethics attorneys say Obama's IG system is broken

    05/16/2014 8:42:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 16, 2014 | Rick Moran
    AT News Director Ed Lasky has chronicled the shameful problems with Obama administration inspector generals for years, including the political pressures put on IG's in almost every department of the administration. A perfect illustration of this is former DHS IG Charles Edwards, who deliberately slowed investigations into wrongdoing at DHS, including the shredding of dozens of emails - an act that might send him to jail for obstruction of justice. Washington Examiner: The Senate subcommittee began its investigation into Edwards last year when it started looking into complaints that his investigation into the U.S. Secret Service's hiring of prostitutes during...
  • 'Rogue law enforcement agency' inside EPA the subject of testimony today

    05/07/2014 1:43:27 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 7, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The House Oversight Committee under Darrell Issa is slated to hear testimony today on another Obama administration cover-up. ... A unit run by President Barack Obama's political staff inside the Environmental Protection Agency operates illegally as a "rogue law enforcement agency" that has blocked independent investigations by the EPA's inspector general for years, a top investigator told Congress. The assistant EPA inspector general for investigations, Patrick Sullivan, was expected to testify Wednesday before a House oversight committee ... The office of about 10 employees is overseen by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy's office, and the inspector general's office is accusing it...
  • EPA accused of blocking independent investigations

    05/06/2014 1:32:38 PM PDT · by don-o · 15 replies
    Inspector general's office accuses EPA of blocking internal probes citing national security WASHINGTON (AP) -- A unit run by President Barack Obama's political staff inside the Environmental Protection Agency operates illegally as a "rogue law enforcement agency" that has blocked independent investigations by the EPA's inspector general for years, a top investigator says.
  • ILLEGAL Obama EPA law enforcement unit BLOCKING Inspector General from investigating EPA wrongdoing

    05/06/2014 6:35:28 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 25 replies
    http://therightscoop.com/ ^ | May 6, 2014 | The Right Scoop
    Mark Levin reported on his radio show tonight that an illegal law enforcement unit run by Obamas henchmen are blocking the Inspector General at the EPA from investigating any wrongdoing at the EPA and theyve been doing it for years! This is from testimony that will be given tomorrow by the Assistant EPA Inspector General for Investigations: ASSOCIATED PRESS A unit run by President Obamas political staff inside the Environmental Protection Agency operates illegally as a rogue law enforcement agency that has blocked independent investigations by the EPAs inspector general for years, a top investigator told Congress. The assistant...
  • Half of EPA office's passports are missing IG finds

    05/03/2014 9:26:28 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 5-1-14 | KellyCohen
    Link only. This is a problem with my personal computer, but the link will take you to the story.
  • Obamas Dirty Watchdogs

    04/25/2014 8:18:24 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 2 replies
    Human Events ^ | 4/25/2014 | Michelle Malkin
    The Obama administration doesnt have watchdogs. It has whitewash puppies. The presidents Chicago bullies have defanged true advocates for integrity in government in D.C. from day one. So the latest report by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Operations Committee on corruptocrat Charles K. Edwards, the former Department of Homeland Security inspector general, isnt a revelation. Its confirmation. Investigators found that Edwards compromised the independence of his office by socializing and sucking up to senior DHS officials. There are many blessings to be thankful for this year, the sycophantic Edwards wrote to the DHS acting counsel on Thanksgiving 2011, but...
  • Federal Task Force Blocked Investigation, Retaliated Against Agents

    03/27/2014 11:47:59 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 4 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 3/26/14 | CJ Ciaramella
    A federal anti-drug task force obstructed an internal investigation and retaliated against agents who cooperated with investigators, the Justice Department Inspector General said in a report issued Wednesday. The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces Program (OCDETF), a multi-agency task force within the Department of Justice, put in place protocols to limit what the departments inspector general could learn. Agents were told to answer investigators questions but not elaborate. They were also told by superiors that information given to the Inspector General could be tracked back to agents, and all documents released to the IG were required to be reviewed...
  • Inspector general of Homeland Security eyed in fund mismanagement and nepotism

    07/22/2013 9:15:08 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 7 replies
    New York Post ^ | 7/22/13 | Geoff Earle
    The acting inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security flouted nepotism rules by employing his wife, and took multiple jaunts, at taxpayers expense, to Florida, according to documents obtained by The Post. The documents show at least four trips that Charles Edwards the acting inspector general assigned to root out fraud in the agencys $40 billion budget took from DC to Miami and Fort Lauderdale, where he was earning a computer and information-sciences degree at Nova Southeastern University, in 2011 and 2012. Travel receipts submitted by Edwards list the universitys name next to the rate charged by...
  • Treasury: IRS targeted 292 Tea Party groups, just 6 progressive groups

    06/27/2013 8:02:10 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 16 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 6/27/2013 | PAUL BEDARD
    Refuting Democratic suggestions that progressive groups were also swept up in the IRS probe of the tax status of Tea Party organizations, the Treasury Department's inspector general has revealed that just six progressive groups were targeted compared to 292 conservative groups. In a letter to congressional Democrats, the inspector general also said that 100 percent of Tea Party groups seeking special tax status were put under IRS review, while only 30 percent of the progressive groups felt the same pressure. The Wednesday letter to the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee punched a huge hole in Democratic...
  • Why the IRS IG Stopped with an Audit

    06/15/2013 2:08:07 PM PDT · by cookcounty · 5 replies
    The National Review ^ | June 14, 2013 | Gerald Walpin
    Probably in part because the Obama administration intimidates inspector generals.
  • Why the IRS IG Stopped with an Audit

    06/14/2013 2:59:47 PM PDT · by vietvet67 · 4 replies
    NRO ^ | June 14, 2013 | Gerald Walpin
    Among all the unanswered questions about the IRSs illegal targeting of conservative organizations, one is most crucial: Who ordered this extreme scrutiny? Amazingly, IRS inspector general J. Russell George, responsible for the investigation asking those questions about the IRS, has testified that he did not obtain that information. Details of that testimony are interesting. Representative Tom Graves (R., Ga.) asked, Have you asked the individuals who ordered them to use this extra scrutiny to punish, or penalize, or postpone, or deny? George turns around to confer with his assistant. Just the fact that the inspector general had to confer to...
  • IG: More Than 1,000 IRS Employees Misused Government Charge Cards; Wrote 325 Bad Checks

    06/13/2013 2:51:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 13, 2013 - 12:59 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration revealed in a recently released audit report that in fiscal years 2010 and 2011 more than 1,000 Internal Revenue Service employees misused government charge cards issued by Citibank. The report said that during the two years in question agency employees sent Citibank a total of 325 bad checks written on personal accounts that had insufficient funds to cover them, that agency officials with top-secret security clearances had their charge accounts suspended for failure to pay the balances, and that the IRS had a tendency of being overly lenient in disciplining those who misued...
  • Why the IRS IG Stopped with an Audit [ex-IG Gerald Walpin]

    06/14/2013 11:24:42 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/14/2013 | Gerald Walpin
    Probably in part because the Obama administration intimidates inspector generals. Among all the unanswered questions about the IRSs illegal targeting of conservative organizations, one is most crucial: Who ordered this extreme scrutiny? Amazingly, IRS inspector general J. Russell George, responsible for the investigation asking those questions about the IRS, has testified that he did not obtain that information. Details of that testimony are interesting. Representative Tom Graves (R., Ga.) asked, Have you asked the individuals who ordered them to use this extra scrutiny to punish, or penalize, or postpone, or deny? George turns around to confer with his assistant. Just...
  • IRS Replaces Official Who Sat in on IG Interviews of Employees

    06/11/2013 6:09:46 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/11/2013 | Wynton Hall
    On Monday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) circulated an internal memorandum announcing that Holly Paz--the Obama donor-turned-IRS director of Tax Exempt Organizations who sat in on 36 of 41 Inspector General interviews with IRS employees--will be replaced. It is presently unclear whether Paz has been fired, transferred, or placed on leave. Democrats and Republicans on the House Oversight Committee were baffled when they learned that the Inspector General had allowed Paz to sit in on the audit interviews of her IRS employees about improper targeting of conservative groups. During congressional hearings, Inspector General J. Russell George said he was unaware...
  • Source: DOD Delayed IG Report on Bin Laden Raid Leaks Until After Election

    06/05/2013 12:49:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/5/13 | William Bigelow
    Not only did former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta leak the name of the Navy SEAL group responsible for the killing of Osama Bin Laden in 2011, but the release of the Pentagon Inspector Generals (IG) report revealing the incident, which was ready in July 2012, was delayed until now. In the spring of 2012, GOP members accused Barack Obamas administration of leaking national security secrets to help Obama get reelected, but the administration denied it. At a CIA awards ceremony on June 24, 2011, Panetta named the SEAL group and its commander. Among those present were 1300 military and...
  • HOUSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE: WH IGNORED SUGGESTED REFORMS WORTH $67 BILLION

    06/01/2013 1:10:25 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 1, 2013 | By Kerry Picket
    In addition to leaving Inspector General posts at key agencies vacant, a March 5 report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform claims the Obama administration has ignored 16,906 recommendations from 73 agency OIGs that could potentially save taxpayers $67 billion per year. This report chronicles $67 billion in unimplemented reforms that non-partisan Inspectors General have identified, said Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (RCA). President Obama should listen to the recommendations of his Administrations own Inspector Generals and work with Congress to implement common sense spending cuts that target wasteful and poorly performing programs instead of settling for the...
  • Obama's Most Dangerous 'Enemies' are Being Targeted

    05/30/2013 1:17:38 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 2 replies
    http://www.americanthinker.com ^ | May 28th, 2013 | Ed Lasky
    There is a pattern emerging in the Obama Presidency. He is at war with reality; his greatest enemies are facts. And he has been targeting for years a small group of people whose duty is to expose the truth. Their loyalty runs to the citizenry and not to Barack Obama. They are not Republicans and they are certainly not journalists. And Obama has been trying to muzzle them. One man stands in the way. Inspectors General (IG) are government employees who are responsible for ferreting out mismanagement, fraud and corruption in the federal government. The Barack Obama presidency has provided...
  • Amid Scandals, Five Cabinet Level IG Positions Remain Open

    05/31/2013 5:49:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 May 2013 | Kerry Picket
    While the Obama Administration scrambles to respond to a host of multi-agency scandals, five cabinet level agencies are still without Inspector Generals. These agencies are the Departments of State, Interior, Labor, Defense, and Homeland Security. The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Agency for International Development (USAID) are also lacking IGs. The reason thats significant is because there are specific independent capacities that an appointed and confirmed IG has that somebody who has not been confirmed does not have, Americans for Limited Government spokesman Richard Manning told Breitbart News. They dont have the same flexibility, he explained. An Inspector...