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.
The Bureau of Prisons isn't doing enough to reduce its costs related to salaries and benefits of its correctional officers, a Sept. 30 Government Accountability Office report says. But it's hands are tied by legislative inaction in some instances. BOP is responsible for the custody and care of 216,000 federal inmates. That's nine times more inmates than BOP had in 1980, the report says.
A former General Services Administration official at the center of the agency's Las Vegas conference spending scandal was indicted Thursday on charges that he submitted fraudulent reimbursement claims and made false statements, the Justice Department said in a Sept. 25 statement.
Attorney General Eric Holder will resign after serving more than five years a the nation's first African American attorney general. NPR first reported Thursday that Holder will step down as soon as his successor is confirmed. Holder has been adamant about leaving the Justice Department rather than be locked into serving for the rest of President Obama's term, the NPR story says.
A House committee Wednesday passed legislation that would make it easier for inspectors general to compel agencies to hand over information during investigations. The bill (H.R.5492) would allow inspectors general to write testimonial subpoenas for federal government contractors and former employees. That would strengthen the independence of inspectors general and allow them investigate agencies with less obstruction, a Sept. 17 statement from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee says.
A former civilian Defense Department employee pled guilty last week to collecting more than $2.2 million in fraudulent federal healthcare claims, a Sept. 8 Justice Department statement says. Jonathan Hargett, who was living in Germany, was indicted in October 2013 and extradited in July for trial, the statement says. Hargett will be sentenced Nov. 18 and faces a likely prison term of 46 to 57 months and a fine between $10,000 and $100,000.
Watchdogs from several agencies told a House panel their independence is threated by agencies refusing to turn over documents and finding ways to circumvent handing them over. Inspectors General from the Justice Department, Peace Corps and Environmental Protection Agency spoke out against losing their independence to agencies who use statutory or legal authority to keep documents out of the IGs' hands.