More Accountability Articles

  • HUD program, meant to help, actually hurts, IG reports

    A $353 million effort to help federal officials better manage public housing assistance instead "created further opportunity for fraud, waste, and abuse of taxpayer dollars," according to a government watchdog. Created in 2007, the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Public Housing...

  • Guess what this 'federal employee of the year' was doing with mail

    Pills, jewelry, copies of Playboy magazine and passports were stolen by Quan Howard, a Postal Service supervisory postal inspector once named federal employee of the year for the San Francisco Bay area, court records analyzed by the San Francisco Chronicle show.

  • NHTSA probes 500K Ford cars for steering issues

    NEW YORK (AP) — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it is investigating steering problems in about 500,000 Ford cars. The investigation covers 2004 to 2007 Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis and Marauder models. NHTSA says a heat shield in the car can rust, dislodge and cause...

  • The man picked to clean up Veterans Affairs' scandals

    Cleaning up the scandal-ridden Department of Veterans Affairs will be the mission of Robert McDonald, an outsider and former Army Ranger with decades of high-level management experience in the private sector.

  • Federal judge orders IRS to swear that it can't recover Lois Lerner's lost emails

    A federal judge wants the IRS to make a sworn statement of how it lost Lerner's emails and what it can do to get them back. The IRS and Judicial Watch will also have to meet in September in front of a federal magistrate who is an expert on electronic records in the courts.

  • Here's what the company that vetted Edward Snowden for the NSA just got

    U.S. Investigations Services, the firm that vetted the NSA whistleblower and once saw one employee do 15,000 background checks in a single month, just landed a huge federal contract on immigration.

  • Why pro-democracy broadcasters targeting Cuba feel demoralized

    The 100 workers at the federal agency that runs Radio Marti and TV Marti are unhappy, an inspector general says.

  • How much time did a key Obama official spend investigating the IRS' Tea Party targeting?

    The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch has sued the government under the Freedom of Information Act to gain access to records about the investigation.

  • What Lois Lerner told her IRS colleagues not to say in emails

    The embattled former IRS senior executive cautioned colleagues against including comments in official emails that might be seen by Congress.

  • Veterans Affairs apologizes to whistleblowers facing retaliation

    A top official at the Veterans Affairs Department says he is sorry that VA employees have suffered retaliation after making complaints about poor patient care, long wait times and other problems.

  • Fla sheriff pays $1.15M in wrongful death case

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has paid $1.15 million to the estate of a mentally ill woman who died in her jail cell. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told the Tampa Bay Times ( ) that 50-year-old Jennifer DeGraw should have never been arrested. She...

  • Report: Backlog in drill requests hurts industry

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The federal agency tasked with approving oil and gas projects on public lands is handicapping development in Utah and across the U.S. because it takes too long to review oil and gas proposals, a federal report finds. In Utah, the Bureau of Land Management's Vernal office...

  • How GM's ignition switch redesign went wrong

    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' deadly ignition switch flaws emerged from an effort to improve its cars. As the company began developing new small cars in the late 1990s, it listened to customers who complained about "cheap-feeling" switches that required too much effort to turn. GM set about...

  • Judicial Watch asks federal judge to lift 'temporary' stay on lawsuit seeking Operation Fast and Furious documents

    A federal judge will decide Tuesday whether to lift a 16-month-old "temporary" stay on a non-profit government watchdog's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for Operation Fast and Furious scandal documents.

  • Subaru recalls 660K vehicles for brake line rust

    DETROIT (AP) — Subaru is recalling more than 660,000 cars and SUVs because the brake lines can rust and leak fluid, and that can mean it will take longer to stop the vehicles. For about half the vehicles, it's the second recall for the same problem. Affected are 2005 through 2009 Legacy and...

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