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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

Rep. Darrell E. Issa

Issa threatens EPA with contempt proceedings over records

The Obama administration faces the specter of another contempt proceeding after House Republicans said this week that they have run out of patience with the EPA, which has been slow to respond to subpoenas for documents. Published May 8, 2014

Bob Perciasepe, right, EPA's deputy administrator, listens to testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform full committee hearing, Wednesday, May 7, 2014 in Washington. Also seated are from left, Patrick Sullivan, Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, Office of Inspector General, EPA, Allan Williams, Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, Office of Inspector General, EPA, Elisabeth Heller Drake, Special Agent, Office of Investigations, Office of Inspector General, EPA. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Bogus CIA probe was botched by EPA office

The federal probe into EPA fraudster and phony CIA spy John Beale was "delayed and damaged" by the agency's homeland security office, a government watchdog told Congress on Wednesday while revealing new probes across the agency including one of a man who reportedly watched porn at work for up to 6 hours per day. Published May 7, 2014

John Beale

EPA employee spent up to six hours a day looking at porn while on the job

One EPA employee spent up to six hours a day looking at pornography while on the job, and another employee has been allowed to work from home for years but had little to show for it, according to an ongoing internal investigation that the agency's inspector general will detail to Congress on Wednesday. Published May 6, 2014

White House science adviser John Holdren. (Associated Press)

White House sued over official's email records

A top White House science official who warned colleagues against using personal email to conduct government business has been doing it himself, according to accusations in a lawsuit filed Monday. Published May 5, 2014

John Beale

Toothless EPA homeland security office bristles at oversight

When EPA officials began having doubts in 2012 about John Beale — a top adviser who bizarrely claimed he was missing work because he was on secret CIA spy missions — they didn't go to the agency's inspector general for an investigation. Published May 5, 2014

New EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy was aware as far back as 2009 that one of her employees claimed to be working for the CIA while still collecting his EPA paycheck, according to the deposition of John C. Beale. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Investigator to testify EPA officials obstructed probe

A government investigator will tell Congress this week how her probe into an Environmental Protection Agency office was obstructed by top agency officials including the current agency chief. Published May 4, 2014

In this Sept. 24, 2013 photo, freshly-cut stacks of $100 bills make their way down the line at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, Texas. The average 401(k) fee _ a modest-sounding 1 percent _ can wipe $70,000 out of the typical retirement account compared with lower-cost plans that are widely available, according to a new study by a Washington think tank. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Government media board facing inquiry over hiring protocol

The Broadcasting Board of Governors, the more than $700 million international media arm of the federal government, is facing an IRS audit over its longstanding policy of using purchase orders to hire hundreds of journalists, according to records. Published May 1, 2014

FILE - In this June 13, 2012 file photo, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk answers questions in front of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft  at the SpaceX Rocket Development Facility in McGregor, Texas. SpaceX filed a lawsuit Monday, April 28, 2014, that challenges a contract awarded to a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin to supply 36 rocket cores to the Air Force to send national security equipment into space. SpaceX says the contract should have been open to other bidders and the suit calls for certain launches to be open to competition. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune-Herald, Duane A. Laverty, File)

Space X lawsuit grounds Russian rocket engine buys

A federal judge has granted an injunction that keeps a Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture from procuring Russian-made rocket engines used in some U.S. military satellite launches. Published May 1, 2014

In this Sept. 24, 2013 photo, freshly-cut stacks of $100 bills make their way down the line at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, Texas. The average 401(k) fee _ a modest-sounding 1 percent _ can wipe $70,000 out of the typical retirement account compared with lower-cost plans that are widely available, according to a new study by a Washington think tank. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Government watchdog mismanages its own funds

The government watchdog that recently chided the State Department for losing track of billions of dollars in contracts has had its own troubles with procurement mismanagement. Published April 23, 2014

Burwell

HHS nominee Sylvia Burwell entangled in MetLife lawsuit

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Obama's nominee to lead the country's health care overhaul, remains entangled in a lawsuit brought by shareholders of MetLife accusing her of misleading investors as a director of one of the country's biggest insurance companies. Published April 15, 2014

Sylvia Mathews Burwell filed detailed financial forms that provide a rare glimpse into how a major corporate foundation pays its executives. (Associated Press)

HHS nominee got $1.2M at 'zero' salary job at Wal-Mart

During her brief but lucrative stint as president of Wal-Mart's charitable foundation in 2012, Sylvia Matthews Burwell received at least $750,000 in bonuses from an organization that doles out hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions but keeps a tight lid on its own compensation practices, records show. Published April 14, 2014

Zachary Quinto (left) as Spock and Chris Pine as Kirk appear in a scene from the film "Star Trek: Into Darkness." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Zade Rosenthal)

Federal workers watch 'Star Trek' on clock

Exploring new frontiers in time and attendance fraud, a group of federal employees and contractors spent one day last summer at a local restaurant followed by an afternoon watching the latest "Star Trek" movie — all at taxpayers' expense. Published April 10, 2014

** FILE ** This Jan. 31, 2010, file image released by Miami Dade College shows Dr. Salomon Melgen, posing for a photo at the book signing of "Growing American Roots," a book by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., at the college in Miami. (AP Photo/Miami Dade College, Phil Roche, File)

Sen. Menendez pal Salomon Melgen collected $20 million from Medicare

A Florida eye doctor whose office was raided by federal authorities last year, prompting scrutiny of his close ties to New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, billed Medicare more than $20 million in 2012 alone, newly released records show. Published April 9, 2014

Snapshots posted on an internal GSA website from the $823,000 four-day affair in Las Vegas in 2010. Photos/HANDOUT

Watchdog who exposed lavish Vegas conference retires

The government watchdog who blew the whistle on a lavish taxpayer-funded conference in Las Vegas, setting off a chain of events that saw agencies across government keep a closer eye on travel and conference spending, is retiring. Published April 7, 2014