Oversight

DEA has regularly hired applicants it flagged as lying on their polygraphs

The agency also faces allegations of nepotism in its lie detector testing and a watchdog is saying the issues require "immediate attention" from management.

Management

DHS inspector general pays $1.2M settlement to former deputy

Joseph Cuffari has faced widespread allegations of misconduct, though he denies any wrongdoing.

Oversight

‘These were not normal times’: A former watchdog reflects on COVID-19 oversight

Bob Westbrooks, who first joined the government in 1994, served as executive director of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee for over two years.

Oversight

‘Serious failures’ handling Jeffrey Epstein’s custody highlight the staffing crisis at federal prisons, watchdog says

The Justice Department IG blasted the Bureau of Prisons on many fronts in a new report and the bureau’s director concurred with all the recommendations. 

Oversight

Democrats: It's Time for the DHS Watchdog to Go

Two House lawmakers allege the inspector general violated the Federal Records Act when he deleted text messages on his government-issued phone.

Oversight

The DHS Watchdog Says He Deletes Texts. Lawmakers Want to Know If This Violates Records Preservation Laws.

Two lawmakers have also introduced a bill to increase transparency in the Homeland Security Inspector General office.

Workforce

Lawmakers Squabble Over DHS Staffing Levels, IG's Credibility

Republicans say Biden's border approach is causing employees' morale to tank, though Democrats say they are using faulty data.

Oversight

House Oversight Chief to Biden: It’s Time to Finally Nominate State, USAID and Treasury Watchdogs

Two of the positions have been vacant for more than 1,000 days, and the other has sat empty for over 850 days.

Oversight

Thousands of HUD Contractor Employees Need Better Whistleblower Protections, Watchdog Says

Inspector General Rae Oliver Davis warned of a possible “chilling effect” that could make the contractors hesitant to report wrongdoing.

Oversight

ATF Misclassified Jobs. A Senator Wants the Justice Department to Dig Deeper.

Citing concerns by the whistleblowers who triggered the investigation that found that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had systematically misclassified administrative jobs as law enforcement-related, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, asked the Justice Department to do a more thorough investigation.

Oversight

Senators From Across the Aisle Agree: Biden Needs to Nominate 6 Watchdogs, Quickly 

Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., underscored the need for permanent leadership to fully “promote economical, efficient, and effective administration and operation of the government.”

Management

HHS Failed to Screen All Employees Working at Shelters for Migrant Children

The Biden administration ignored its own background check policies as it struggled to handle a 700% increase in unaccompanied children arriving at the border.

Oversight

Health and Human Services Watchdog: We Need More Funding for Oversight 

The office touts its return on investment, but tells lawmakers that current funding levels don’t keep pace with investigative needs.

Management

ATF Director Reminds Staff To Follow the Rules When Recruiting Family and Friends

The Justice Department watchdog raised concerns last December about avoiding ethical issues when hiring special agents.

Management

Afghanistan Watchdog to Congress: We Need Help Getting Agencies to Cooperate With Us

White House and agency officials argue that the administration has been responsive to the inspector general.

Oversight

DHS Watchdog Alleges Harassment, Chilling Effect and Constitutional Violations

A lawsuit filed this week alleges the Homeland Security inspector general and his office have been harassed by the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency’s investigations, among other things.

Oversight

Following Concerns, Watchdog Advises DOJ on Ending Private Detention Contracts

The department’s inspector general says its recommendations on information sharing and documentation will ensure the proper stewardship of taxpayer dollars and that the department carries out the intent of President Biden’s executive order for the Marshals Service.

Oversight

Another Bipartisan Push for More Financial Transparency and Accountability

“Congress must have a clear understanding of what regulatory and supervisory failures occurred to allow the collapse of both Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank,” said one Republican senator.

Oversight

Watchdogs: Having the Authority to Hire People Faster Would Strengthen Oversight of Ukraine Aid 

The State, Defense and U.S. Agency for International Development inspectors general are also looking to place staff at the U.S. embassy in Kyiv.