A former FBI special agent was sentenced to a decade in prison for accepting bribes to obstruct a grand jury in an alleged Defense Department contractor kickback scheme, says a March 30 Justice Department statement. Former Special Agent Robert Lustyik, a 24-year veteran of the FBI, pleaded guilty to all charges in an 11-count indictment on Sept. 29, 2014.
The IG reviewed the use and support of drones, also known as unmanned aircraft systems, within the department. It's a follow up to a 2013 interim report.
The Justice Department rolled out new education courses aimed at training the federal workforce on how to properly handle Freedom of Information Act requests, says a March 13 DOJ statement.
The Justice Department closed about 70 percent of its whistleblower retaliation complaints within a year, but it took years to close the rest, according to Government Accountability Office testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The DOJ closed 44 of 62 Federal Bureau of Investigations whistleblower retaliation cases within a year.
The Justice Department closed more than 70 percent of its Federal Bureau of Investigation whistleblower retaliation cases within one year of receiving them, says a recently released Jan. 23 Government Accountability Office report. The DOJ closed 44 of the 62 FBI whistleblower retaliation complaints within one year, took up to four years to close 15 complaints and took nearly 11 years to close the remaining three, the report says.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Justice Department after seeking records related to the U.S. Air Marshals cellphone tracking system, says a Feb. 10 EFF statement.
The agencies responsible for protecting military technology have taken steps to strengthen oversight, but there are weaknesses that still need to be addressed, says a Feb. 10 Government Accountability Office report.
Inspectors general for several agencies to a House committee that they had trouble getting information from their respective agencies that they need to conduct investigations.
The Merit Systems Protection Board says the Justice Department violated its own procedures when it suspended two DOJ workers for withholding evidence during the corruption trial of former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska). The two DOJ prosecutors, Joseph Bottini and James Goeke were accused by the department of recklessly, but not intentionally committing professional misconduct.
Timothy DeFoggi was previously convicted of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, conspiracy to advertise and distribute child porn, and using a computer with intent to view such material.