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Defense Department is taking significant steps to improve management

The Pentagon wants to move $4.3 billion to fund emergency COVID-19 requirements, Federal News Network reports. The 2021 Compendium from the Defense Department’s Office of Inspector General has 65 recommendations on workforce safety and effective spending during the pandemic. Troy Meyer, acting deputy inspector general for audit at the Department...
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Capitol Police Testimony Details How Extremists Spread In Their Ranks

Some of the most riveting and disturbing testimony at Tuesday’s opening Jan. 6 Commission hearing came from Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn, an African American man who was bombarded with racist epithets and threats while battling insurrectionists, who described the moment when he encountered a man with a badge and a gun:
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DoD IG recognizes whistleblower for hotline tip that led to $25M settlement

The Defense Department inspector general’s office receives about 10,000 calls to its whistleblower hotline every year. One of those calls, made in August 2014, led to the Justice Department reaching a $25 million False Claims Act settlement with a Boeing subsidiary earlier this year that allegedly sold used and refurbished drone parts to the Navy and Special Operations Command (SOCOM) for the price of new materials.
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Agriculture IG Named Acting Watchdog of Federal Housing Finance Agency

The inspector general for the Agriculture Department is taking over as acting IG for the Federal Housing Finance Agency once the current one resigns. Embattled FHFA IG Laura Wertheimer told colleagues on June 29 that she was resigning in July. She was under fire from the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency and Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who sent letters to President Biden on April 14 and 28, respectively, about their separate investigations into top leadership at the FHFA IG office regarding whistleblower complaints starting in 2017. Wertheimer did not cite any of the investigative reports in her resignation email. Emmet Flood, an attorney at Williams & Connolly LLP who is representing Wertheimer, previously told Government Executive in a statement that Wertheimer “has been a superlative IG and members of her oversight committee have commended her for her frankness, courage and service,” nothing that she and her staff won the 2019 CIGIE Government Ethics Award for Excellence.
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Massachusetts Man charged with COVID-Relief Fraud

Owner of Information Technology Services Company Fraudulently Sought More than $13 Million in Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program Loans. A Massachusetts man was arrested today and charged with allegedly filing fraudulent loan applications seeking more than $13 million in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
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71% of Nursing Homes Have Gone 16 Months Without Standard Survey

Out of 15,295 nursing homes nationally, 10,913, or 71%, have gone at least 16 months without a standard survey as of May 31, according to an updated report filed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. The report suggests that the Centers for Medicare...
ImmigrationColumbian

How Border Patrol has kept newborns locked up with their moms

SAN DIEGO — Border Patrol has held newborn U.S. citizens in custody unnecessarily — sometimes for multiple nights — according to a government report released this month. The Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security, which includes Border Patrol, reviewed the agency’s treatment of pregnant women and births in custody after a Guatemalan woman filed a complaint last year about what happened to her at a station in Chula Vista.
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Two Former Federal Medical Center Correctional Officers Indicted for Civil Rights Violations, including Sexual Abuse of Inmates

LEXINGTON, KY (Thursday, July 29, 2021) – In separate indictments, two former Correctional Officers, who worked for the Bureau of Prisons’ Federal Medical Center in Lexington, have been indicted for federal civil rights and sexual abuse violations. A federal grand jury sitting in Lexington returned an indictment charging Christopher Brian...
Santa Barbara County, CAmontecitojournal.net

The Culture of Cate? How Multiple Investigations into School are Revealing Decades of Potential Abuses

Wendy Ward Hoffer kept her secret for nearly 35 years, recently revealing she was sexually abused by a faculty member during her sophomore and junior years at Carpinteria’s Cate School (1984-86), describing herself as a 15-year-old torn between trying to win the support of her teacher and the ongoing fear of what would happen if she said, “No.”
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VA will stop Cerner EHR rollouts until next year

The Department of Veterans Affairs will not continue to deploy its Cerner electronic health record at any more sites for at least the next six months, officials said. VA Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Discovery, Education and Affiliate Networks Dr. Carolyn Clancy told House members at a hearing this past week that the agency would be initiating reviews for IT and physical infrastructure requirements at every facility in the system.
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David counsels individuals and entities through government investigations, corporate compliance and litigates healthcare fraud cases. His experience in healthcare enforcement and compliance counseling from a distinguished federal career with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) provides clients understanding of federal investigations and enforcement actions through replicating case development strategies and interpretation of the governing laws, rules, and regulations.
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How Border Patrol has kept newborns locked up with their moms

SAN DIEGO — Border Patrol has held newborn U.S. citizens in custody unnecessarily — sometimes for multiple nights — according to a government report released this month. The Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security, which includes Border Patrol, reviewed the agency's treatment of pregnant women and births in custody after a Guatemalan woman filed a complaint last year about what happened to her at a station in Chula Vista.
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