Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have come out in support of agency inspectors general who claimed insufficient access to records during investigations. In an Aug. 8 letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan, House lawmakers said inspectors general should, in most cases, have no problem accessing agency records during an investigation and that OMB needs to make sure agencies enforce the 1978 Inspector General Act.
Nearly 50 inspectors general have signed a letter to congressional oversight committees, pointing out that recent restrictions in accessing records at three agencies could jeopardize the work and authority of every federal IG.
Hewlett-Packard agreed to pay $32.5 million to the Postal Service to resolve allegations that the company overcharged USPS for products over 9 years. The Justice Department says HP violated the False Claims Act--the federal law holds accountable contractors who defraud governmental programs--by overcharging USPS between October 2001 and December 2010.
The Justice Department said July 22 that it has intervened in a whistleblower lawsuit against Symantec Corp., alleging the company "knowingly" submitted false claims on a General Services Administration software contract that involved hundreds of millions of dollars.
In recent years, Justice Deparment officials said they've successfully disrupted major criminal botnet operations from stealing more information and money. But as criminals continually change their tactics, officials said several U.S. laws need to be changed or updated to keep pace.
President Barack Obama is seeking $3.7 billion in emergency appropriations from Congress to help deal with the thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the southwest border.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry asked the federal government to reimburse his state for a decade of contributions to border security during a House hearing July 3.
Federal law enforcement and financial regulatory agencies have raised concerns about the use of virtual currencies for illegal activities, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report.
In an effort to stem the tide of thousands of immigrant children crossing the Southwest border, federal officials are working with their Mexican and Central American counterparts, beefing up U.S. law enforcement to disrupt smuggling operations and launching a public affairs campaign, said Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
The primary U.S. counterterrorism program in northwest Africa – where terrorist groups including al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Boko Haram operate – has spent about $140 million since 2009, but program managers were unable to easily provide data on the status of the funds, a congressional investigation has found.