Waste, Fraud & Abuse

The Insidious Threat of Pay to Play

The government contracting world is deeply vulnerable to fraud, says a former federal investigator.

FEMA Officials Charged With Bribery Over Puerto Rico Power Contracts

A 15-count federal indictment accuses two former FEMA officials and a contractor with bribery, fraud and other offenses related to disaster relief efforts after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in 2017.

5 Indicted for Alleged Scheme to Steal Millions From Military Members and Veterans

Potential victims of fraud and identity theft will be notified, and Defense will provide free credit monitoring services.

Former State Department Employee Pleads Guilty to Procurement Fraud

The official had a social relationship with a furniture manufacturing executive, with whom she shared confidential contract information.

The Department of Education Wants to Stop 'Student Aid Fraud Scheme' Where Parents Give Up Custody Through Dubious Guardianships

One day after our reporting, the department’s inspector general said it wants to close financial aid loopholes.

Watchdog Finds Flaws In Just 0.01% of IRS Purchase Card Transactions

The few violations that did occur over a recent six-month period included hand sanitizer and wipes.  

Former HUD Executive Indicted in Procurement Fraud Scheme

Eghbal “Eddie” Saffarinia, former assistant inspector general for IT, allegedly steered contracts to a friend’s company and failed to disclose cash payments.

Senate Chairman Presses HHS to Do a Better Job of Curbing Medicaid Fraud

Seema Verma highlights CMS’s two-year-old focus on preventing improper payments.

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Park Service Official and Boosters Helped Artist Avoid Taxes

Interior watchdog confirms agency mishandled purchase of $39,000 painting. 

Drug Enforcement Administration Executive Cited for Nepotism

Justice Department IG finds son and former employees hired as contractors, wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Inspectors General Council to Track Watchdog Vacancies

Website improvements announced just as Trump assigns SSA IG to Interior.

More Guilty Pleas in Navy Department Liquor Bribery Case  

New Yorkers had paid employee $250,000 for unauthorized discount purchases.

GSA Out of Compliance on Improper Payments, Watchdog Finds

Agency CFO disagrees with auditors’ interpretation of acquisition rules.

House Democrats Clash With Education Department Over Watchdog’s Status

The Trump administration’s aborted effort to replace the IG prompts document demands and an oversight dispute.

GAO Sees Billions in Potential Savings Just by Trimming Government Duplication

The watchdog’s ninth annual report proposes scannable tax returns and new coins, among other things.