More Accountability Articles

  • PG&E pleads not guilty to charges in deadly blast

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood. Steve Bauer, an attorney for the company, entered...

  • New Veterans Affairs secretary apologizes for 'stunning lack of clarity' over preventable deaths

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald acknowledged Congress and the public were misled in a report released in April, which tied the deaths of 23 patients due to gastrointestinal cancers to unacceptable delays in getting colonoscopies and other procedures at VA hospitals nationwide.

  • House ethics panel continues probe of WI lawmaker

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee said Monday it will continue investigating a Wisconsin congressman's stock dealings following a media report that that raised questions about his portfolio. Republican Congressman Tom Petri requested the investigation in February. Petri has since...

  • Cause of Action sues 12 departments that allowed White House to intervene in FOIA responses

    President Obama has claimed since his first day in the Oval Office that his administration would be "the most transparent" in history.

  • Delays, denials by Department of Veterans Affairs deliver 'death sentence' to cancer victim

    After years of missed warning signs by VA doctors, a Pennsylvania veteran's prostate cancer has gone from treatable to terminal. The first in a five-part series.

  • Joint U.S.-Guatemalan anti-drug program jeopardized by Central American government's late payments

    A joint U.S. and Guatemalan anti-narcotics aviation program is in trouble after less than a year in operation due to chronic non-payment of a key contractor by the Central American government.

  • Attica whistleblower still pushing full disclosure

    WESTON, Vt. (AP) — The whistleblower who spurred a state investigation of the 1971 Attica prison uprising is still on the case four decades later. Ex-prosecutor Malcolm Bell, now 82 and retired to the Green Mountains of Vermont, recently filed papers in support of opening long-sealed...

  • Perry attorney predicts acquittal

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry's state attorney predicts Perry will be cleared of two felony charges handed up late Friday by a Travis County grand jury. Perry faces two counts of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant over his use of veto power to pressure a...

  • Texas' Rick Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat

    A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday on charges of abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption.

  • Recalls this week: smoke alarms, space heaters

    More than 150,000 smoke alarms that can fail to alert consumers when a fire occurs are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include potentially faulty space heaters. Here's a more detailed view: SMOKE ALARMS DETAILS: ESL and Interlogix brand 400/500 series smoke detectors...

  • IRS failed to do background checks on contractors

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS failed to do background checks on some private contractors who handled confidential taxpayer information, exposing more than a million taxpayers to an increased risk of fraud and identity theft, a government investigator said Thursday. In one case, the IRS gave a...

  • Edison penalized $24.5 million over 2011 windstorm

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — State regulators voted Thursday to penalize Southern California Edison $24.5 million for safety violations uncovered after a 2011 windstorm left 440,000 customers without lights and a power line failure electrocuted three family members. The California Public Utilities...

  • OSHA: Flammables put in factory oven before blast

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A worker wrongly put parts coated with flammable materials into an electric oven before it exploded at a Pennsylvania factory, killing a visiting employee, federal workplace safety officials said. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed the...

  • Massachusetts hospitals report more medical errors

    BOSTON (AP) — The number of medical errors reported by Massachusetts acute-care hospitals has jumped 70 percent since the state both expanded the scope of incidents hospitals are required to report and adopted a computerized system to more easily notify health officials. Hospitals reported 753...

  • Ethics watchdog to become Democratic lapdog: report

    Politico's Ken Vogel reports Thursday that Citizens for Responsibilty and Ethics in Washington has been taken over by conservative attack dog-turned-Democratic lapdog David Brock and will likely become part of his partisan operation.

From the Weekly Standard