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  • State Department Lacked Top Watchdog During Hillary Clinton Tenure

    03/26/2015 6:20:54 PM PDT · by MV=PY · 5 replies
    WSJ ^ | 3/24/15 | Byron Tau and Peter Nicholas
    The State Department had no permanent inspector general—the lead watchdog charged with uncovering misconduct and waste—during Hillary Clinton’s entire tenure as secretary, leaving in place an acting inspector who had close ties to State Department leadership. ...
  • U.S. Spent $65 Mil to Help Afghan Women Escape Repression, No Clue if it Helped

    01/05/2015 12:17:19 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 5, 2015
    In the latest of many scandals involving U.S. aid for Afghan social issues, tens of millions of American taxpayer dollars have been wasted on programs to supposedly assist women in the Islamic country escape repression yet we have no idea if it’s made a difference because there’s no accountability or follow up. During a two-year period from 2011 to 2013 the U.S. blew $64.8 million on 652 projects, programs and initiatives to support Afghan women though details of how the money was spent and the effectiveness of the costly experiments aren’t available, according to a federal audit. The cash flowed...
  • Govt. IGs Charged With Exposing Fraud Help Cover it Up, Whitewash Reports

    12/05/2014 3:07:37 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 5, 2014
    The “independent” watchdogs that are supposed to root out waste, fraud and corruption inside U.S. government agencies often help cover it up, according to a scandalous newspaper exposé that reveals sometimes they actually become the lapdogs of the agencies they’re charged with overseeing. Published this month by the capital area’s conservative newspaper, the four-part series exposes the state of inspectors general tasked with keeping an eye on the government. In all there are 72 inspectors general—with heads appointed by the president—thanks to a decades-old law that passed with strong bipartisan support in Congress. The idea is to have a completely...
  • DOJ’s Fast and Furious Prequel: Failed Grenade-Running Operation

    10/31/2014 12:49:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 31, 2014
    The Obama Justice Department endangered public safety by allowing a renowned weapons smuggler to continue working for Mexican drug cartels even after the agency had more than enough evidence to indict him, according to a federal audit made public this week. As if this weren’t bad enough, the case is all the more outrageous because it involves the same preposterous strategy the administration used in the disastrous gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious. That once-secret program allowed weapons from the U.S. to be smuggled into Mexico so they could eventually be traced to drug cartels. Instead, federal law enforcement...
  • VA report confirms allegations at Phoenix hospital (and worse, it's everywhere)

    05/28/2014 1:52:16 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 14 replies ^ | May 28, 2014 | NBC News
    A report from the Veterans' Administration Office of Inspector General identified at least 1,700 veterans at the agency's beleaguered Phoenix clinic who were not properly registered on waiting lists, putting them "at risk of being forgotten or lost." The independent report, released Wednesday, confirmed recent allegations that VA locations have been relying on sketchy scheduling practices amid treatment delays, some of which have resulted in the deaths of vets.
  • Former HUD-OIG Special Agent In Charge Indicted on Mortgage Fraud Charges

    03/05/2014 7:16:00 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies
    Mortgage Fraud Blog ^ | March 3, 2014 | Mortgage Fraud Blog (Rachel Dollar)
    Former HUD-OIG Special Agent In Charge Indicted on Mortgage Fraud Charges Herschell Harvell, Jr., 53, Conyers, Georgia, made his initial appearance in federal court on charges of making false statements to a bank to obtain a mortgage loan and conspiring to obstruct an investigation into his real estate transactions by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General (HUD-OIG). Until he was terminated in 2013, Harvell was the Special Agent in Charge of HUD-OIG’s Atlanta office, which encompasses several southeastern states. Harvell’s co-defendant and nephew, Tavus A. Wright, 32, Milledgeville, Georgia, also made his initial appearance...
  • Justice Department Inspector General Pushes Holder on Misconduct Reported by PJ Media

    12/19/2013 2:28:25 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 19, 2013 | J. Christian Adams
    Department of Justice Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz has published a memorandum to Attorney General Eric Holder and Deputy Attorney General James Cole about “challenges” facing the Justice Department. Among the list of challenges: misconduct and malfeasance by DOJ employees and units which PJ Media has been reporting about for years. That these instances of misconduct were included in Horowitz’s report infers that Holder’s Department has either taken inadequate action to address the behavior, or has taken no action at all. Based on what sources inside DOJ are saying, I suspect the latter. The report provides material which senators on...
  • IRS Watchdog: $67 Million Missing from Obamacare Slush Fund

    09/25/2013 2:51:10 PM PDT · by Libloather · 45 replies
    ATR ^ | 9/25/13 | John Kartch
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The IRS is unable to account for $67 million spent from a slush fund established for Obamacare implementation, according to a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report released today. The “Health Insurance Reform Implementation Fund” (HIRIF) was tucked into Obamacare in order to give the IRS money to enforce the tax provisions of the healthcare law. The fund, totaling some $1 billion of taxpayer money, was used to roll out enforcement mechanisms for the approximately 50 tax provisions of Obamacare. According to the report: “Specifically, the IRS did not account for or attempt to quantify...
  • Astronauts Won’t Go To Space Until At Least 2021, NASA Inspector General Says

    08/26/2013 10:19:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 26, 2013 - 2:20 PM | Dennis M. Crowley
    Lack of money and testing delays mean NASA will not be able to send astronauts into orbit until at least 2021, according to a report released Aug. 15 by the NASA Office of Inspector General. “NASA plans to delay delivery of several systems required to ‘human rate’ the Multi Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV), and as a result, the Agency does not expect the spacecraft to be available for crewed operations until at least 2021,” said Paul K. Martin, NASA’s inspector general. Under current funding levels, astronauts will be limited to orbital missions, because the systems necessary for surface exploration have...
  • Taxpayer Millions Squandered on EV Charging Study Project

    07/30/2013 10:13:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    NLPC ^ | July 30, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    An audit by theDepartment of Energy’s Inspector General found that the persistent weak demand for electric vehicles harmed the deployment and timeliness of a $135 million-plus taxpayer funded charging network, which spun a cycle of excessive grants and project expansion, that led to an enormous waste of public money. The investigators, led by IG Gregory Friedman, determined that conditions for reimbursement to Ecotality, Inc. (and its subsidiaries) for the EV charging demonstration project were “very generous,” although not explicitly prohibited under federal regulations. “While we acknowledge that the Department had maintained and archived award documentation, an independent reviewer cannot understand...
  • 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 agency’s $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 university’s name next to the rate charged by...
  • Buying friends, but influencing no one

    07/12/2013 5:47:15 AM PDT · by John David Powell · 3 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | July 11, 2013 | John David Powell
    Being without friends is no fun. Remember that scene from The Bride of Frankenstein, the one with the old hermit? “Alone, bad,” the monster noted. “Friend, good.” Of course, Frank burned down the old hermit’s cottage, but that is the chance one takes when breaking bread and smoking cigars with a big, strong stranger who has a bolt through his neck. There are days when Uncle Sam must feel that no one likes him, what with people taking leaks on him, waging war against him, or burning down his houses. So, when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, she decided...
  • Potentially explosive development in IRS scandals

    07/05/2013 11:09:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 5, 2013 | Thomas Lifson
    One of the most important and so-far least noted threads in the IRS sandal cloth is the inexplicable remark made by Austan Goolsbee, at the time the Chairman of the White Council of Economic Advisors about the taxes paid by the Koch brothers - arch villains in the Manichean delusions of the American left - that would require his knowledge of their confidential tax returns. Did the White House senior staff illegally browse through the tax records of their political enemies? The Washington Free Beacon has been trying to find out, and uncovered an interesting response: CJ Ciaramella reports: The...
  • 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

    06/14/2013 2:59:47 PM PDT · by vietvet67 · 4 replies
    NRO ^ | June 14, 2013 | Gerald Walpin
    Among all the unanswered questions about the IRS’s 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...
  • The IRS I Know and Love

    06/02/2013 4:43:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies ^ | June 2, 2013 | Bruce Bialosky
    The mess the IRS has gotten itself in has been fascinating. Having all these commentators writing about the Service from high above the earth offers great entertainment. I have been working with the Service since 1979. Let me offer you some first-hand perspective. Let me say, first of all, despite the IRS’s horrible reputation there are worse. At least in California, the Franchise Tax Board (income tax) and State Board of Equalization (sales tax) are eons worse in demeanor or concern for the taxpayer. The IRS has vastly improved its attitude in phone conversations over the past ten years, even...
  • 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 IG’s. “The reason that’s 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 don’t have the same flexibility,” he explained. An Inspector...
  • IRS smoking gun just blew a hole in Obama's plans

    05/21/2013 8:55:14 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 31 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/21/13 | Doug Book
    The IRS has admitted to harassing conservative groups seeking tax exempt status, singling out for extra special scrutiny organizations which featured “patriot” or “tea party” designations in their name. We now know that a number of these groups were forced to withdraw their applications, being unable or unwilling to continue what in some cases had become a 3 year battle with the corrupt federal agency. But few in the media have bothered to ask who directed the IRS to engage in this criminal behavior. It has been reported that Senators Chuck Schumer and Al Franken addressed a letter to IRS...
  • A bushel of Pinocchios for IRS’s Lois Lerner

    05/20/2013 7:42:31 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/20/2013 | Glenn Kessler information has emerged from both the Treasury Inspector General’s report and congressional testimony Friday that calls into question key statements made by Lois G. Lerner... The clumsy way the IRS disclosed the issue as well as Lerner’s press briefing by phone were seen at the time as a public relations disaster. But even so, it is worth reviewing three key statements made by Lerner and comparing them to the facts that have since emerged. “But between 2010 and 2012 we started seeing a very big uptick in the number of 501(c)(4) applications we were receiving and many of these...
  • IG Report: 4,317 Non-Citizens Obtained Multiple Social Security Numbers

    01/29/2013 7:50:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 29, 2013 | Matt Cover
    A report from the Social Security Administration Inspector General (IG) found 4,317 instances where a non-citizen was able to obtain two Social Security numbers, including 542 instances that happened since 2001. “We identified 4,317 instances where the Numident record of 2 SSNs assigned to non-citizens contained matching first, middle, and last names; dates and places of birth; gender; and fathers’ and mothers’ names,” the IG reported on Dec. 10, 2012. Numident—which stands for Numerical Identification System—is the master file of applications for social security numbers. The IG found that SSA had issued multiple numbers to 4,317 non-citizens from 1981-2011. The...
  • The Special Inspector General for Tarp Issues a Wakeup Call … Lambasts the Government and the Banks

    07/23/2012 10:06:55 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 5 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 7/23/12 | George Washington
    The government’s special inspector general in charge of oversight of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (the “TARP” bank bailouts) – Neil M. Barofsky – wrote a stunning editorial for Bloomberg yesterday, concluding: Americans should lose faith in their government. They should deplore the captured politicians and regulators who distributed tax dollars to the banks without insisting that they be accountable. The American people should be revolted by a financial system that rewards failure and protects those who drove it to the point of collapse and will undoubtedly do so again. Only with this appropriate and justified rage can we hope...
  • Will Republicans let Eric Holder get away with murder?

    01/19/2012 10:41:07 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/19/2012 | Doug Book
    When Eric Holder ordered Justice Department Inspector General Cynthia Schnedar to begin an investigation of possible wrongdoing in Operation Fast and Furious it was with just one purpose in mind—enable the Attorney General and other DOJ officials to refuse to answer questions or provide documentation concerning the “gunwalking” debacle because there is an “ongoing investigation.” It’s a neat little legal trick the Obama Regime has pulled on more than one occasion. But although Holder used this dodge of his own creation to keep congressional committee members at bay for nearly a year, it appears the OIG report is just about...
  • The Justice Department Condones Perjury … Again

    12/22/2011 8:32:25 AM PST · by Smokeyblue · 17 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 21, 2011 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    A career employee in the Voting Section of Justice’s Civil Rights Division has confessed to committing perjury, sources say. The employee, Stephanie Celandine Gyamfi, reportedly told investigators from the Inspector General’s Office that she perjured herself during an inquiry into Justice Department leaks during the previous administration. Despite the admission, she has not been fired for criminal malfeasance. Indeed, it appears she has not been disciplined in any meaningful way at all. Ms. Gyamfi made no secret of her hatred of conservatives and Republicans when I worked in the Voting Section from 2001 to 2002. Later, when I moved to...
  • Former Obama lawyer admits deceiving Congress

    12/10/2011 7:09:07 AM PST · by Perdogg · 47 replies
    Remember the Gerald Walpin affair? Republican Sen. Charles Grassley does. Walpin was the inspector general of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the organization that runs the AmeriCorps service program. In June 2009, Walpin received a call from Norman Eisen, who was then the Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform. Eisen told Walpin he had an hour to either resign or be fired. Eisen's call appeared to violate the 2008 Inspectors General Reform Act, which is designed to protect inspectors general from political interference. The Act requires the president to give Congress 30 days'...
  • (RECIPE) How Good is a $16 Muffin? Find Out for Yourself (Government Spending Gone Crazy!)

    10/20/2011 6:52:40 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 30 replies
    Newser ^ | Sep 27, 2011 | J.M. HIRSCH
    We had to know: What sort of muffin could we bake if we spent $16 a pop? How good is a $16 muffin? Find out for yourself Last week's news that the government supposedly paid $16 apiece for breakfast muffins at a Justice Department conference set off critics of government spending. Hilton Worldwide, the hotel company that hosted the 2009 confab in Washington, disputes the accuracy of the claim in a report by the Justice Department's inspector general. The hotel called it an accounting thing, explaining that the price included various drinks and gratuity charges, in addition to the muffins....
  • US Special Inspector-General For Afghanistan Quits

    08/05/2011 4:14:08 PM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 4 replies
    The National Journal ^ | August 4, 2011 | Yochi J. Dreazen
    The acting U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction resigned unexpectedly Thursday afternoon, removing the White House's only real contender for the post and injecting new uncertainty into a troubled watchdog office. Herb Richardson, who assumed his post in February, told National Journal in an interview that he will be leaving for a job in the private sector. Richardson had been in the job for just under six months and was undergoing a frustratingly long wait to see if the Obama administration would formally tab him for the post on a permanent basis. People familiar with the matter say that...
  • EDITORIAL: A Fine exit at Justice--Inspector general shouldn't leave until his work is done

    11/30/2010 5:46:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 30, 2010 | Editorial
    Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine should finish one major piece of business before his announced retirement next month: the investigation into Justice's Civil Rights Division.On Sept. 12, Mr. Fine announced that while he's precluded by law from investigating a "specific piece of litigation" such as the Black Panther voter-intimidation case, "we do have the authority to conduct [a] broader program review ... regarding the Civil Rights Division's enforcement of voting rights laws." Mr. Fine vowed to review "whether the Voting Section has enforced the civil rights laws in a non-discriminatory manner." Substantial testimony, backed by a record of...
  • IG report shows Obama WH rewrote Gulf spill report to support moratorium

    11/10/2010 7:12:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/10/2010 | Ed Morrissey
    When the Obama White House announced its moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP-Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in April, the administration insisted that they followed the recommendations of its panel of experts. This story blew up when the panel of experts insisted that they had not recommended any kind of blanket moratorium, and that one simply wasn’t necessary to address the deficiencies at MMS that contributed to the catastrophic fire and spill. A new report from the Inspector General probing the White House response accuses the administration of rewriting key sections of the report in order to...
  • Report Clears Obama Administration Over Role in Kenya Election, as Congressman Objects

    10/03/2010 10:38:10 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 26 replies
    Fox ^ | October 2, 2010
    A government watchdog has issued a report saying it found no evidence that the Obama administration illegally funded groups seeking to legalize abortion in Kenya for the first time with changes to the constitution -- a conclusion that immediately was blasted by one of the administration's top critics on the issue. Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey, the top Republican on the House Africa panel, said the report by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) inspector general was "poorly researched, superficial, incomplete and a whitewash." "This was not a well-researched investigation," he said in a written statement. "We had...
  • Justice IG probing Black Panther case

    09/14/2010 7:22:45 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9:28 p.m., Monday, September 13, 2010 | Jerry Seper
    The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division — in the wake of the New Black Panther Party case — is being investigated by the department's office of inspector general to determine whether voting section employees have been harassed for participating in specific investigations or prosecutions. In an end run around policy barring IG investigations of Justice Department litigators, Inspector General Glenn A. Fine said his office will review what types of cases are being investigated, whether there have been changes in enforcement policies and procedures, and whether the civil rights laws are being enforced in a non-discriminatory manner. Christopher Coates, the...
  • SEC Inspector General to probe politics and timing of Goldman-Sachs settlement

    07/23/2010 1:45:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 7/23/10 | Mark Hemingway
    The Securities and Exchange Commission inspector general has agreed to a request from Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., to probe the timing and political motivations of the SEC’s $550 million settlement with Goldman Sachs in a mortgage securities fraud case:m SEC Inspector General H. David Kotz agreed in April to a request from U.S. Representative Darrell Issa, a California Republican, that he probe whether politics prompted the lawsuit against Goldman Sachs. (Snip) Aside from the timing, many observers scoffed at the settlement. The $550 million settlement is pocket change compared to Goldman’s $162 billion in assets
  • IG report says Obama GM, Chrysler moves needlessly accelerated job losses

    07/18/2010 5:15:31 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 18,2010 | Mark Tapscott
    A report to be released tomorrow by the Treasury Department's Special Inspector General for the Toxic Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) will contend that President Obama's push for General Motors and Chrysler to close thousands of dealerships across the country as part of their government bailouts "may have substantially contributed to the shuttering of thousands of small businesses and thereby potentially adding tens of thousands of workers to the already lengthy unemployment rolls, all based on a theory and without sufficient consideration of the decisions' broader economic impacts
  • Congressman Asks Inspector General to Launch Investigation of New Black Panther Case (Wolf)

    07/13/2010 9:17:49 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 13, 2010 | Roger L. Simon
    A letter from Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) to Glenn Fine — inspector general of the U. S. Department of Justice — asking the IG to launch an investigation into the dismissal of U.S. v. New Black Panther Party — has been made available exclusively to Pajamas Media some hours before its formal release by the congressman.Wolf is the ranking member of the Commerce-Justice-Science Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee — the committee that controls appropriations for the Department of Justice. Though a Republican, Wolf is known as a moderate and a firm supporter of the Voting Rights Act.This is...
  • Is 2010 Census Counting Homeless People Twice?

    06/10/2010 5:25:08 PM PDT · by Qbert · 8 replies · 419+ views
    Human Events ^ | 6/10/2010 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    On the last three days of March, teams of temporary Census Bureau workers visited the types of places, including what the bureau calls "targeted non-sheltered outdoor locations" (TNSOL), where homeless people are known to congregate. These workers were carrying out the "Service-Based Enumeration" (SBE) phase of the Census, which counts the nation's homeless population. The bureau gave these workers two instructions that seemed peculiar: When they counted a homeless person, the workers did not need to take the person's name or date of birth, and if a presumed homeless person insisted he or she had already been counted by the...
  • White House Blocks Testimony by First Lady's Ex-Top Aide in Walpin Case

    12/22/2009 1:44:45 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 46 replies · 2,315+ views
    White House Blocks Testimony by First Lady's Ex-Top Aide in Walpin Case Republican efforts to interview a former top aide to Michelle Obama in the controversial case of a fired inspector general have been stymied by the White House, the the top Republican looking into the case said Tuesday Republican efforts to interview a former top aide to Michelle Obama in the controversial case of a fired inspector general have been stymied by the White House, the top Republican looking into the case said Tuesday. The White House counsel's office has blocked Republican investigators from interviewing Jackie Norris, former chief...
  • Walpin Is Cleared

    11/24/2009 5:54:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 62 replies · 3,315+ views ^ | November 24, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Oversight: After an unjust firing and campaign of character assassination, the former AmeriCorps inspector general has been cleared of acting improperly. Now where does he go to get his job and reputation back? On June 10, Gerald Walpin was fired with one hour's notice as the watchdog of AmeriCorps in violation of a federal law requiring Congress to be given a heads-up 30 days in advance. He then fell victim to a campaign of character assassination. When pressed for a reason for the sudden and improper dismissal of a federal watchdog, the White House responded with a letter to Sens....
  • Walpin scandal update: Grassley blocks nomination, accuses administration of stonewalling

    09/22/2009 2:47:05 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 5 replies · 896+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 21, 2009 | Byron York
    Republican Sen. Charles Grassley has blocked the ambassadorial nomination of Alan Solomont, currently chairman of the board of the government agency that oversees AmeriCorps, in retaliation for what Grassley says is the administration's stonewalling of Congress over documents relating to the firing of AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin. Specifically, Grassley has sought, and been denied, information relating to the White House's role in the decision to fire Walpin. Solomont, a major Democratic donor, is chairman of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which includes AmeriCorps. His term ends in October, and President Obama has nominated him to be U.S....
  • Treasury backs down in clash with bailout watchdog

    09/03/2009 1:11:05 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 12 replies · 404+ views
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 8/3/09 | JIM KUHNHENN
    The Treasury Department has decided not to challenge the independence of the government watchdog agency that Congress created to oversee spending of the $700 billion rescue package for the financial sector.
  • You have to watch this .... THERE ARE NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE IT ......

    08/29/2009 9:38:56 AM PDT · by BornToBeAmerican · 111 replies · 4,260+ views
    AMAZING!!!!....Talk about irresponsibility to the point of stupidity! Obama's Inspector General (along with all of her aids) needs to be thrown out of office post haste, for not exercising accountability!!! -- where's the outcry by working class Americans that are literally being robbed of trillions of dollars!!! This should be sent to all people on your lists...quite amazing, but not surprising...boy, are we in trouble...!!!!!!!!! YOU WILL BE BE STUNNED WHEN YOU WATCH THIS SHORT VIDEO.
  • The Curious Case of the Amtrak Inspector General's Retirement

    08/06/2009 7:55:45 AM PDT · by nateriver · 4 replies · 757+ views
    First it was I.G. Walpin who was investigating BO 's supporter on the misused of Americorp funds. Now it is I.G. Weiderhold for investigating Amtrak’s activities. The Inspector General Act, amended last year and CO-SPONSORED by Barack Obama to: require the President to notify Congress in writing within 30 days the reasons for removing an Inspector General from office. Did Obama knowingly break the law on this one or did TOTUS forget to tell him he couldn't do it.
  • Probe finds new clues in AmeriCorps IG scandal

    07/31/2009 3:03:46 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 10 replies · 997+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | July31,2009 | Byron York
    After seven weeks of trying, investigators looking into President Barack Obama’s abrupt firing of AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin are still unable to answer the most basic question of the whole affair: Why did the president do it?
  • Senators want hearing on Obama's firing of IG

    06/30/2009 4:58:13 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 19 replies · 1,427+ views ^ | June 30, 2009 12 hours ago |
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican senators asked Monday for a congressional hearing to look at whether President Barack Obama acted appropriately when he fired the national service agency's inspector general earlier this month. Sens. Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Orrin Hatch of Utah said they were concerned about "significant questions raised regarding the propriety of the decision to remove the IG." Obama fired Gerald Walpin, the inspector general who investigates AmeriCorps and other programs that are part of the Corporation for National Community Service, saying he had lost confidence in him. The firing followed an investigation by Walpin finding misuse...
  • IG-Gate Expands

    06/26/2009 6:27:58 AM PDT · by aic4ever · 1 replies · 367+ views
    Organized Exploitation ^ | 06-25-2009 | Paul Kroenke
    Nobody would fault you if you haven't really heard much about this currently brewing catastrophe, what with ABC whoring itself to the President to slang the rocks of nationalized healthcare to the American public in prime time, or with the greatest tax increase in the history of all the universe ready to be sprung upon us by congressional democrats, but nevertheless IG-Gate is now growing into a swine flu-like pandemic.
  • Another Inspector General controversy (AMTRAK's IG suddenly "retired")

    06/22/2009 6:44:25 AM PDT · by maggief · 19 replies · 1,242+ views
    American Thinker ^ | June 22, 2009 | Rick Moran
    There must be some horrible disease infecting our nation's Inspector Generals - public servants whose only job is to see that the taxpayer's money is spent wisely. I can't think of any other explanation for why the third IG in as many weeks has suddenly "retired" under suspicious circumstances. This time, it's the AMTRAK's 37 year veteran IG Fred Weiderhold who has been put out to pasture.
  • Third Inspector General Controversy Emerges (International Trade Commission)

    06/19/2009 2:31:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 1,622+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 19, 2009 | Jake Tapper
    As the Obama administration faces questions about the president's firing of the Corporation for National and Community Service Inspector General last week, and about the Treasury Department challenging the independence of the Special Inspector General dedicated to federal bailout dollars for the financial bailout money, a third inspector general controversy has emerged. This week Judith Gwynn, the Inspector General for the International Trade Commission, was told that her contract would not be renewed. The news was delivered to Gwynn within three hours of Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, sending the chair of the ITC a letter asking about a March 5...
  • The ‘Domino Theory’ in the IG Scandal (a probe that could topple the Democrats’ agenda)

    06/19/2009 9:12:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies · 1,511+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 6/19/2009 | Robert Stacy McCain
    White House officials who fired whistleblower Gerald Walpin last week have sparked a series of investigations that pose both political and policy threats to the Obama administration. Describing the probe into the dismissal of the AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin, one Capitol Hill source on Thursday compared Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley’s demand for facts in the case to a row of dominoes ready to tip over. Grassley is asking questions, a team of Senate investigators is poring over documents in the case, and where the investigation proceeds now “depends on what dominoes fall next,” explained the source, who spoke on...
  • How Republicans can crack the AmeriCorps scandal

    06/19/2009 4:45:34 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 36 replies · 1,576+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 19, 2009 | Byron York
    What's next in the budding scandal over President Obama's abrupt firing of Gerald Walpin, the inspector general of AmeriCorps? Republican investigators on Capitol Hill know one thing very well. As minorities in both House and Senate, they have no power to compel the White House to disclose anything. And majority Democrats, at least for now, are not inclined to help the opposition uncover embarrassing facts about one of President Obama's favorite federal programs. So Republicans are brainstorming things they can do by themselves to shake loose information from an administration that has no obligation to cooperate with them. And indeed,...
  • Video: Kevin Johnson admitted friendly connection to Obamas

    06/18/2009 7:37:24 PM PDT · by Pacothecat · 8 replies · 1,101+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Kerry Picket
    A video found by Naked Emperor News shows an interview with Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson admitting his close relationship with both the president and the first lady and later denying the relationship. Mr. Johnson is currently embroiled in the Walpin-gate controversy. His non-profit, St. HOPE Academy, is being investigated by the FBI over allegations that an executive at the nonprofit founded by Mr. Johnson obstructed a federal inquiry into the group's spending.
  • The Smearing of Gerald Walpin

    06/18/2009 5:43:26 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 19 replies · 1,677+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 19, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Oversight: If the White House really believes that AmeriCorps' inspector general was "confused" and "disoriented," how about open congressional hearings where the American people can see for themselves?The storm that erupted after the firing with one hour's notice of Gerald Walpin, the inspector general overseeing AmeriCorps, has not died down. Pressed for an explanation as to the reasons for the firing and why the law requiring Congress to be given notice and reasons 30 days in advance was not followed, the White House has resorted to old-time Chicago-style political smears.
  • FBI probing obstruction of justice in related Walpin case

    06/18/2009 3:35:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies · 1,233+ views
    Hotair ^ | 6/18/2009 | Ed Morrissey
    Did the Obama administration rush to close a probe into fraud committed by a political ally before discovering obstruction of justice? The Sacramento Bee reports that a former official at St. HOPE alleges that now-Mayor Kevin Johnson’s emails relating to the fraudulent use of money were deleted from the servers in order to obstruct the investigation that Gerald Walpin conducted: The FBI’s Sacramento division is investigating a former St. HOPE executive’s allegations of obstruction of justice, Acting U.S. Attorney Lawrence G. Brown confirmed Tuesday. The news fuels the controversy that has followed Mayor Kevin Johnson since 2008, when his brainchild...