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Snags showing in Ducey’s 'secret police' inspector general plan

Changes are coming to Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposed state government watchdog following criticism about transparency and accountability. While the governor said the office would "shine a light" on corruption, critic called it a "secret police" plan. ... Read more»1

FBI has used drones in the U.S. since 2006, watchdog says

Though drones have become an essential tool for the CIA in battling militants in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere, a new report reveals that the FBI has also relied on drones to fight domestic criminals since 2006.... Read more»

Food-Aid foolery

According to the conservative GOPUSA site, the number of Americans receiving subsidized food assistance from the federal government has risen to 101 million, representing roughly a third of the U.S. population. That claim, however, is far from true.... Read more»

To cope with sequester, Justice Dep't staffs unpaid attorneys

The Department of Justice has an opening for what could be a dream job for many newly minted lawyers: serving as a special attorney in the Office of Enforcement Operations. Among other responsibilities, the new hire could be helping the Electronic Surveillance Unit review applications for wiretaps in major federal criminal investigations.... Read more»

How the IRS’s nonprofit division got so dysfunctional

The IRS division responsible for flagging Tea Party groups has long been an agency afterthought, beset by mismanagement, financial constraints and an unwillingness to spell out just what it expects from social welfare nonprofits, former officials and experts say.... Read more»2

Report: Pentagon failed to protect whistleblowers

The Defense Department has inadequately protected from reprisals whistleblowers who have reported wrongdoing, according to an internal Pentagon report, and critics are calling for action to be taken against those who have been negligent.... Read more»

Boxes of top secret documents go missing

While the federal government has been eager to prosecute officials for leaks of classified information, the government itself has lost track of hundreds of boxes filled with classified documents at its main records storage site, the Washington National Records Center.... Read more»

Treasury emails: DOE ignored warnings on Solyndra

As it scrambled to save the flagship company of the Obama administration's green energy program, the Energy Department ignored repeated warnings from top Treasury Department officials that it was not following guidelines in refinancing Solyndra's half-billion dollar federal loan, a Congressional hearing Friday revealed. ... Read more»

Solyndra CEO resigns

The CEO of Solyndra, a California-based solar energy company that received a controversial $535 million loan guarantee from the Obama administration, has resigned. ... Read more»

Documents show Feds downplayed ground zero health risks

New documents have emerged showing that federal officials in Washington and New York went further than was previously known to downplay concerns about health risks, misrepresenting or concealing information that ultimately might have protected thousands of people from the contaminated air at ground zero.... Read more»