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Jim McElhatton

Jim McElhatton

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

Articles by Jim McElhatton

David Brock, a former critic and later defender of Bill and Hillary Clinton, will head the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics. (associated press)

Clinton ally Brock will head ethics oversight watchdog

One of the nation's most prominent ethics watchdog organizations, which touted its willingness to expose political "scoundrels" regardless of party affiliation, will now answer to a Democratic operative and Clinton defender. Published August 14, 2014


Democrat vying for Eric Cantor's seat neglected to file financial disclosure

Jack Trammell, the Democratic nominee to fill ousted Rep. Eric I. Cantor's seat in Virginia, has not yet filed personal financial disclosure forms, putting him on the wrong side of federal law and leaving voters in the dark about the college professor's income, investments and potential debts. Published August 6, 2014

Aaron Alexis had a security clearance that gave him access to Building 197 at the Washington Navy Yard, where he killed 12 people last year. (FBI via Associated Press)

Background check firm hit by cyberattack

The federal government's biggest contractor for conducting background checks disclosed Wednesday that it's been hit by a cyberattack with all the markings of of a "state-sponsored attack." Published August 6, 2014

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)

Final guilty plea in landmark federal bid-rigging case

Known for years in court documents only as "Public Official C", former U.S. Army contracting officer In Seon Lim pleaded guilty to bribery charges Thursday — the final defendant in what authorities have called the biggest bid-rigging scheme in federal contracting history. Published July 31, 2014

Former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington in this March 5, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

House federal records plan would prevent repeat of IRS email scandal

From destroyed hard drives at the IRS to bogus email accounts at the EPA, agency record-keeping scandals have stymied congressional investigations and are fueling calls for beefed-up enforcement of the federal records laws to prevent future tampering with critical evidence. Published July 24, 2014

** FILE ** Rep. Elijah Cummings, Maryland Democrat. (Associated Press)

USIS, the firm that vetted Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Alexis, faces heat over border contract

For the first time in its 20-year history, a federal contracting firm is filing a bid protest to overturn the $190 million award of a border security contract to a rival accused of fraud by the Justice Department. Contractor USIS, which vetted NSA leaker Edward Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, won the contract over Virginia-based FCi Federal last month. Published July 22, 2014

Lois G. Lerner (Associated Press)

IRS seeks help destroying another 3,200 hard drives

Days after IRS officials said in a sworn statement that former top agency employee Lois G. Lerner's computer memory had been wiped clean, the agency put out word to contractors Monday that it needs help to destroy at least another 3,200 hard drives. Published July 21, 2014

White House warned about 'antiquated' VA scheduling system 5 years ago

Acting Veteran Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson assured Congress last week that the VA is working hard to replace its "antiquated" scheduling system, but the Obama administration first received clear notice more than five years ago about the need for an overhaul to reduce patient wait times. Published July 20, 2014

**FILE** Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson speaks during a news conference in Washington on March 18, 2014. (Associated Press)

Jeh Johnson pressed on $190M contract to company amid fraud probe

Two top lawmakers demanded Thursday that Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson explain why one of his federal agencies signed a contract for up to $190 million with a background check company the government is already targeting for fraud. Published July 17, 2014