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Jim McElhatton

Jim McElhatton

Jim McElhatton is an investigative reporter for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

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Ronald C. Machen Jr., U.S. attorney for the District, has taken down council member Harry Thomas Jr. and Chairman Kwame R. Brown. (Associated Press)

Former CEO pleads guilty in massive contractor kickback case

A Virginia-based company with defense and intelligence agency contracts paid a $300,000 fine Tuesday and its former president pleaded guilty to paying bribes to an Army procurement official who was recently sent to prison for taking kickbacks. Published November 25, 2014

The Pentagon, across the Potomac River from Washington, is seen in this aerial view in March 2008. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Taxpayers charged for Afghan project months after KBR contract terminated

Government contractor KBR continued charging taxpayers for work on a multimillion-dollar construction project in Afghanistan for nine months after the contract was terminated, according to an internal military report disclosed amid a bitter feud between the company and military auditors. Published November 18, 2014

Rep. Jeff Miller, Florida Republican, speaks May 28, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press) **FILE**

VA construction delays cost taypayers millions, probe finds

Veterans Affairs officials in Maryland, Virginia and the District have squandered millions of dollars in taxpayer money by mismanaging construction contracts, according to internal department records that showed some of the contracts were delayed so long that money was paid out and the contracts expired before any work was even done. Published November 13, 2014

The FBI headquarters in Washington is seen here on Feb. 3, 2012. (Associated Press)

Federal drug cases falter amid FBI misconduct probe

A federal judge on Thursday tossed all charges against nearly a dozen defendants in a major D.C. heroin trafficking case amid a criminal misconduct probe into an unnamed FBI agent who worked on the case. Published November 6, 2014

The seal affixed to the front of the Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington is seen here on June 21, 2013. The number of military suicides is nearly double that of a decade ago when the U.S. was just a year into the Afghan war and hadnt yet invaded Iraq. While the pace is down slightly this year, it remains worryingly high. The U.S. military and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) acknowledge the grave difficulties facing active-duty and former members of the armed services who have been caught up in the more-than decade-long American involvement in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (associated press)

HOSPITAL HORROR: VA patients treated with bogus medical equipment, supplies

Unauthorized and potentially counterfeit, dangerous surgical devices and medical supplies have flowed unchecked into the Department of Veterans Affairs supply chain and into VA operating rooms, according to internal agency correspondence from a major supplier who blamed new procurement rules. Published November 6, 2014

The Washington Times first disclosed the criminal charges against Carl Sheerer in August, which came months after IRS Commissioner John Koskinen issued a memo to agency employees describing the data breach. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

IRS employee not guilty of inadvertent disclosures

The IRS employee who mistakenly disclosed personal information on more than 20,000 employees and contractors was found not guilty of criminal charges last week in a case that showed how easily confidential government information can turn up on the Internet. Published November 2, 2014

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Defense firm facing charges in procurement scam

A Virginia-based company with defense and intelligence agency contracts is facing criminal charges that it pa id a corrupt Army procurement official who was recently sent to prison for taking kickbacks. Published October 30, 2014

Rep. Jim Moran received $1,500 through a FedBid PAC, but his office said political donations played no role in his request to reinstate a Veterans Affairs policy. (Associated Press)

Democratic congressman pressured VA to help politically connected contractor

Rep. James P. Moran pressured the Department of Veterans Affairs to overrule one of its own senior procurement executives in 2012 and reinstate a policy that benefited a well-connected contractor, according to government records that show a VA official thought the congressman was stepping out of bounds. Published October 29, 2014

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Army contractor sentenced to 4 years in prison for bid-rigging scheme

A key official in what prosecutors have called the biggest bid-rigging scheme in U.S. contracting history received a four-year prison sentence Friday, as newly filed sentencing papers provided fresh details about why the scam went undetected for years. Published October 26, 2014

Rep. Darrell Issa, questioned whether IRS employee Takisha McGee lost track of investigative records containing sensitive taxpayer information. - Associated Press

IRS lawyer facing license loss delisted

The Internal Revenue Service has replaced a top lawyer in its Office of Professional Responsibility who faces losing her law license over her work on a years-old personal-injury case. Published October 22, 2014

Researchers at the University of Virginia and other labs say important discoveries that have been made against the deadly Ebola virus could and should be part of the fight against an outbreak in the U.S., but they have to compete for sources of funding. (CDC via Associated Press)

Ebola researchers frustrated by lack of support until outbreak hits

Judith White, who runs a research lab at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, submitted a proposal to the National Institutes of Health to test potential countermeasures against Ebola in March — just as Liberia was confirming its first two cases of the deadly virus. Published October 21, 2014

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GAO questions fitness of USIS

The fate of a border security contract worth up to $210 million was thrown into question Monday after the Government Accountability Office told an agency to reconsider whether a contractor facing fraud accusations is qualified for the job. Published October 20, 2014

Visitors line up to enter the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, as the justices begin the second week of the new term. The landscape has changed very quickly for gay marriage in the U.S. Last week, the Supreme Court declined to hear appeals from several states seeking to retain their bans on same-sex marriage. The Oct. 6 move effectively legalized gay marriage in about 30 states and triggered a flurry of rulings and confusion in lower courts across the nation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Supreme Court upholds 18-year sentence for $600 drug deal

The U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition Tuesday from three D.C. drug defendants serving lengthy prison sentences for dealing minor amounts of cocaine, but three justices disagreed — arguing the court missed a key opportunity to rule on an important Sixth Amendment issue. Published October 14, 2014

Passengers stand, most waiting for incoming flights, in the arrivals area at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. Health screening procedures were put in place at the airport today to check the health of people arriving from Ebola-affected countries. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

CDC looks to beef up airport screening in Ebola fight

The Centers for Disease Control posted a notice Tuesday seeking airport screeners to work in major U.S. airports and perhaps even overseas as the agency tries to stop the spread of Ebola. Published October 14, 2014