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.
The Justice Department is expected to update guidance Dec. 8, prohibiting federal law enforcement officials from profiling individuals based on national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity, in addition to race and ethnicity that was banned more than a decade ago.
Wireless provider Cricket Communications has agreed to pay a nearly $2.2 million fine after the Justice Department alleged that the wireless carrier overcharged federal law enforcement agencies for wiretaps. DOJ announced the fine Dec. 1.
The U.S. Marshals Service is using devices that mimic cellphone towers on airplanes to gather information from thousands of mobile phones on the ground, reports the Wall Street Journal in a Nov. 13 expose based on interviews with anonymous sources with close knowledge of the program.
For much of her career in government service, Miriam Nisbet has been on the cutting edge of the intersection of digital technology and the Freedom of Information Act. But more than 35 years after she began government service in 1978, Nisbet will leave her post as the government's top FOIA ombudsman at the end of November to take a break and pursue a career in the private sector.
Security clearance contractor USIS suffered another in a series of setbacks Monday when the Government Accountability Office partially upheld a bid protest that removes the company from a contract it was given by the Homeland Security Department. DHS had awarded a $210 million Field Office Support Services contract to USIS in July after the Office of Personnel Management said it wouldn't do business with the company anymore.
After years of refusing to tell people whether or not they were on the federal government's "no-fly list," the Justice Department Oct. 10 notified seven people of their status.
Twitter sued the Justice Department Oct. 7, saying it violated the social media company's First Amendment rights by restricting its ability to disclose details on the government's national security requests.
A former FBI special agent and his conspirator pled guilty Sept. 30 to participating in a bribery plan to obstruct a grand jury investigation in exchange for cash business contracts with a third person, who was under investigation. Robert Lustyik, a 24 year veteran of the FBI, pled guilty to conspiracy, wire fraud, obstructing a grand jury and obstructing an agency proceeding, an Oct. 1 Justice Department statement says.