More Watchdog Articles

  • Recalls this week: laptop power cords, helmets

    Nearly 6 million laptop power cords that can overheat and start a fire are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include potentially faulty helmets and bunk beds. Here's a more detailed view: LAPTOP POWER CORDS DETAILS: Power cords that came with HP and Compaq laptops and mini...

  • Chief in $800M fraud gets 20 years prison

    MIAMI (AP) — The man who masterminded an $800 million insurance scam that fleeced tens of thousands of investors in one of Florida's all-time largest fraud schemes was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Robert Scola gave Joel Steinger, 64, credit for pleading guilty to...

  • Some IGs slow to publicize whistleblower rights and protections

    Official watchdogs at three federal agencies are doing a poor job of spreading the word about the rights and protections available to federal employees who blow the whistle on waste, fraud and corruption.

  • USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The Agriculture Department is trying to stop them. Since June, department authorities have seized more than...

  • Washington Examiner's Mark Flatten receives American Legion's Fourth Estate Award

    Flatten was recognized for his 2013 series, "Making America's Heroes Wait."

  • Rand Paul argues U.S. actions led to rise of ISIS

    Sen. Rand Paul argued Wednesday that the U.S. is partly responsible for the rise of ISIS, an argument that is sure to roil the Republican Party's ongoing debate over foreign policy ahead of the 2016 presidential elections.

  • USPS leases 10k trailers but can't track them or confirm their receipt

    U.S. Postal Service officials spent more than $39 million leasing trailers last year, but they have no way of tracking their locations or even confirming that they exist, according to a government watchdog.

  • Frequent frankers in Congress face tough re-election fights

    A Washington Examiner analysis of congressional spending accounts found millions of tax dollars being spent on what amounts to free advertising for House members.

  • SEC adopts rules on loan-backed securities

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators on Wednesday voted to require financial firms that sell securities backed by loans, like the kind that fueled the 2008 financial crisis, to give investors details on borrowers' credit records and income. The Securities and Exchange Commission adopted the...

  • Report: FBI official used 'poor judgment' in suit

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A former leader of the FBI's Milwaukee field office used "extremely poor judgment" in trying to influence the testimony of a subordinate in a disability discrimination lawsuit, according to a Justice Department inspector general report issued Wednesday. The report concerns a...

  • Online food stamp fraud growing, GAO reports

    One online posting in Raleigh, N.C., offered 10 days of cooking and cleaning services in exchange for food stamps. Someone in Charlotte offered to exchange beer for food stamps, according to GAO.

  • Veterans Affairs IG finds no direct links between patient deaths and scheduling scams at Phoenix hospital

    Ethical lapses and scheduling tricks were widespread at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix, but there is no hard evidence that the failures led directly to patient deaths, the agency's inspector general said in a report released Tuesday.

  • Big contractors fail to deliver promised services, but EPA paid them anyway

    Environmental Protection Agency officials spent almost $2.2 million for cloud computing services that it never received from two prominent federal contractors, according to a government watchdog's report.

  • DEA payments to Amtrak employee being investigated

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of dollars in alleged payments by Drug Enforcement Administration personnel to an Amtrak employee are being investigated by the Justice Department inspector general's office. The announcement by Jay Lerner, a spokesman for the IG's office, follows the...

  • NY state overtime costs on pace for record high

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state agencies racked up more than $316 million in overtime in the first six months of 2014, according to the state comptroller's office, continuing a recent trend of sharply higher overtime costs for taxpayers. If the pace continues, New York will spend nearly...



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