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Jim McElhatton

Jim McElhatton

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

Articles by Jim McElhatton

Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division for the Justice Department Tony West speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010,  regarding a major settlement with a pharmaceutical company for False Claims Act and off-label marketing violations. Allergan Inc., the maker of wrinkle-smoothing Botox, has agreed to pay $600 million to settle a years long federal investigation into its marketing of the top-selling drug. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Fed shutdown forces courts into 'limbo land'

With many of its lawyers on furlough during the government shutdown, the Justice Department on Tuesday sought to delay a long-running False Claims Act case accusing a company of fraud to win millions of dollars in hurricane-reconstruction work. Published October 15, 2013

**FILE** Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Gary Gensler testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Banking Committee on July 30, 2013, as lawmakers examine how to mitigate systemic risk in financial markets through Wall Street reforms. (Associated Press)

Commodities watchdog shuttered by shutdown

While the financial markets are closely eyeing the shutdown of the government, Wall Street itself is barely being monitored by one of its federal watchdogs, who says it's had to furlough most of its staff. Published October 11, 2013

Biodefense, weather, space projects hit hard

The nonprofit Aerospace Corp., which works on GPS, weather and military satellites projects for the Air Force, has laid off more than half its staff as the federal shutdown enters its second week. Published October 9, 2013

Solar firm reportedly was aware of defects

Abound Solar, propped up by tens of millions of dollars in federal loans that remain unpaid, acknowledged defects in the solar panels it was selling before the Colorado company went bankrupt, according to a customer. Published February 27, 2013

**FILE** White House Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (Associated Press)

Lew's Treasury nomination goes to full Senate

The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday approved Jack Lew as the nation’s next secretary of the Treasury amid a bruising confirmation process that delved into his years as a Wall Street executive and a million-dollar payout he received from a bailed-out bank. Published February 26, 2013

**FILE** Lance Armstrong listens Jan. 14, 2013, as he is interviewed by talk show host Oprah Winfrey during taping for the show "Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive" in Austin, Texas. Armstrong confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France cycling during the interview that aired Jan. 17, reversing more than a decade of denial. (Associated Press/Harpo Studios, Inc.)

U.S. joins fraud lawsuit against Lance Armstrong

Citing "years of broken promises," federal prosecutors on Friday confirmed they're putting the muscle of the U.S. Department of Justice behind a civil lawsuit accusing disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong of bilking the U.S. Postal Service of tens of millions of dollars. Published February 22, 2013

D.C. nonprofit can’t say how it spent $25M

A D.C. government-funded nonprofit group entangled in a theft scam that saw a D.C. Council member go to federal prison reported receiving $25 million in a newly filed report with the Internal Revenue Service, but officials won't say how they spent all of that cash. Published February 20, 2013

** FILE ** An A123 Systems Inc. logo is shown in Livonia, Mich., in 2009. (Associated Press)

Fisker Automotive files $90M claim for A123 battery contract

Government-backed luxury carmaker Fisker Automotive has bought thousands of batteries from A123 Systems under an exclusive supply deal, but now the auto company may have to look for another power source for its high-end, plug-in hybrid Karma vehicles — and at a hefty cost. Published February 19, 2013

Lew pressed by Senate, but he stays on track for Treasury post

Jack Lew, President Obama's pick to head the Treasury Department, faced several uncomfortable moments over his brief stint in the private sector, but he emerged from a Senate hearing Wednesday apparently still on track for a relatively quick confirmation by the full Senate in the coming weeks. Published February 13, 2013

**FILE** Postmaster General and CEO Patrick R. Donahoe speaks Feb. 6, 2013, during a news conference at U.S. Postal Service headquarters in Washington. The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service says it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to disburse packages six days a week. (Associated Press)

Postal chief pushes Congress to endorse Saturday mail cut

The move by the U.S. Postal Service to a five-day delivery week would close just a fraction of the $20 billion shortfall already facing the nation's mail service, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe told the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs on Wednesday. Published February 13, 2013

Postmaster asks for flexibility

The move by the U.S. Postal Service to a five-day delivery week would close just a fraction of the $20 billion shortfall already facing the nation's mail service, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe told the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs on Wednesday. Published February 13, 2013

Creditors ask for info on alleged tampering in A123 sale

Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls recently lost out to a Chinese competitor in its bid for bankrupt high-tech battery-maker A123 Systems, but creditors are still demanding details about whether a secret Johnson-led lobbying campaign took place behind the scenes in Washington aimed at derailing the sale. Published February 12, 2013

**FILE** Postmaster General and CEO Patrick R. Donahoe speaks Feb. 6, 2013, during a news conference at U.S. Postal Service headquarters in Washington. The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service says it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to disburse packages six days a week. (Associated Press)

Postal Service hit with $1.3 billion loss

Days after unveiling plans to eliminate Saturday mail delivery for the first time in more than a century, the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service announced a loss of $1.3 billion for the first three months of fiscal 2013. Published February 8, 2013

"We cannot put our head in the sand and say, 'Let's hope this problem goes away.' Hope is not a strategy," said U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. (Associated Press)

Postal chief expects fight on Saturday delivery halt

U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe's historic decision to end Saturday mail delivery drew mixed reaction on Capitol Hill — and outright anger from the letter carriers union, which called for his resignation. Published February 6, 2013

Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat, said he traveled on a plane owned by Dr. Melgen but denied that he engaged with prostitutes. (Associated Press)

Florida doctor pays politicians, not taxes

A Florida eye doctor who owes millions of dollars in back taxes to the federal government but who managed to shower Sen. Robert Menendez and other politicians in Washington with campaign donations had his offices raided by the FBI on Wednesday. Published January 30, 2013