From contract fraud and false billing to nepotism and possession of child pornography, wide-ranging accusations of misconduct have surfaced at agencies all across the federal government — even, it turns out, inside the nation’s revered spy agency.
But unlike almost all of its federal counterparts, the Central Intelligence Agency’s office of inspector general provides no information to the public about the results of its work investigating accusations of misbehaving employees and contractors.
Yet nearly 200 pages of heavily redacted, previously undisclosed CIA documents obtained by The Washington Times through the Freedom of Information Act provide a window into just some of the watchdog’s recent activities.
During an 18-month span from July 2010 to December 2011, for instance, the office closed at least a half-dozen cases involving “nonaccredited degrees.” Among dozens of other cases, the office also closed three probes stemming from accusations of nepotism and two others involving child pornography, records show.
For the most part, the records released to The Times are so heavily redacted that it’s impossible to tell, on a case-by-case basis, whether the internal probes focused on contractors, officers or agents, nor do they provide much detail on the outcomes: whether anyone was prosecuted, fired, suspended or exonerated.
A CIA spokesman said the agency takes swift action in response to misconduct findings.
“Information about possible crimes that comes to light as a result of any investigation is reported to the appropriate law enforcement organization, like the Department of Justice,” CIA spokesman Preston Golson said.
“Any information regarding possible crimes against children is referred immediately,” he said. “This is a responsibility the CIA takes very seriously.”
Among other cases, a technical intelligence officer, a global response staff officer, a project manager, a logistics officer and an adjudicator all came under internal CIA investigations into nonaccredited degrees, records show.
A former office of general counsel attorney was investigated for time and attendance fraud, as was a national clandestine-service officer. A senior manager came under scrutiny for false expense claims. Yet another investigation delved into “possible unauthorized intelligence collection by Directorate of Intelligence Officers,” according to records.
Both of the child pornography investigations were closed during the second half of 2010, one stemming from materials found on an agency laptop and other on an agency network.
The documents make no reference to the sex scandal involving David H. Petraeus, who resigned last week as CIA director, but reveal a watchdog agency somewhat hamstrung early this year by budgetary constraints.
“Over the past decade, the resources provided to the OIG have not kept pace with the dramatic growth in CIA operations and spending,” CIA Inspector General David B. Buckley wrote in a January report, which detailed his agency’s activities over the previous six months.
“In fact, unlike the [inspectors general at the Defense and State departments and USAID], the CIA OIG received no supplemental or operational funding during the contingency operations in Iraq, Afghanistan or the War on Terror, and did not forward deploy to the war zones,” Mr. Buckley wrote.
He also outlined his office’s work on 21 audit reports and six inspection reports covering “various covert action, proprietary, field station and other intelligence activities of the CIA.”View Entire Story
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Jim McElhatton is an investigative reporter for The Washington Times. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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