Waste, Fraud & Abuse

GovExec Daily: The Role of Inspectors General in the Trump Era

The Project On Government Oversight's Liz Hempowicz joins the podcast to examine what Michael Atkinson's firing could mean for oversight.

Trump Fires Intel IG, Taps White House Confidant for Pandemic Oversight Role

The president’s moves late Friday night underscore the vital role inspectors general play as agencies grapple with pandemic response and unprecedented federal spending.

No, Mr. President, You Can’t Be the Oversight

Trump’s signing statement attempts to preclude the special inspector general for pandemic recovery from reporting directly to Congress, which is anathema to the role of an IG.

Where’s the Money? Keep an Eye on the CARES Act

With the passage of the $2.3 trillion economic relief bill, things are happening at breakneck speed.

How Oil Companies Avoided Environmental Accountability After 10.8 Million Gallons Spilled

Louisiana still hasn’t finished investigating 540 oil spills after Hurricane Katrina. The state is likely leaving millions of dollars in remediation fines on the table — money that environmental groups say they need as storms get stronger.

Organizations Are Improperly Offering Yoga Classes and $20K Weddings in National Parks

"Learning centers" should reimburse the National Park Service for federal funds they received, auditor says. 

Watchdog: High Risk of Improper Payments with State Dept. Purchase Cards

In 2018, more than 2,250 department card holders made purchases totaling $109.5 million.

State Dept. Employee and Spouse Indicted on Charges of Trafficking Counterfeit Handbags

The couple allegedly sold counterfeit handbags online for over two years using a government computer.

Special Counsel Alerts White House and Congress of ‘Significant Financial Mismanagement’ at VA

Findings include over $223 million in wasteful spending and delayed payments for veterans’ medical bills.

Watchdog Concludes Defense Appointee Sexually Harassed Employees

Guy Roberts, former assistant secretary of Defense for nuclear, chemical and biological defense programs, hugged, touched and made sexual comments toward several women, the Pentagon inspector general found.

Viewpoint: We Really Need to Fix the Federal Budget Process

With the 2020 defense policy bill close to done, here are some ideas for next year.

IG Says It Is Helping Return As Much As $5.9 Billion to the Government 

The anticipated recoveries of misspent health program dollars would be the result of the HHS watchdog's work in fiscal 2019.

Senator Questions Spending on Sea Lion Grants, Shutdowns and More 

Annual report identifies “wasteful” federal spending as well as solutions. 

Former VA Union Local Official Sentenced for Embezzlement

A former treasurer of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 331 pleaded guilty in May to stealing more than $80,000 from the union.

Whistleblower Exposed $1.34 Million in Army Losses

The Office of Special Counsel said improper contracting practices were a factor.