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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

House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, said on Tuesday that he's considering subpoenas to force the White House to hand over more details about its new political office. He has set a new deadline for June 3. Mr. Issa said the American people have a right to know if their tax dollars are being spent to support congressional campaigns. (Associated Press)

Issa hits fed crackdown on tree-trimmer

The House's top investigator said Wednesday that a federal agency's decision to pursue criminal charges against a tree-trimmer for accidentally disturbing bird nests in California highlights a troubling disparity in how private citizens and misbehaving government workers are treated. Published May 28, 2014

Contractor sues government; says disabled can't get clearance

A federal contractor is going to court over the government's set-asides for work for the severely disabled, arguing that when it comes to highly classified intelligence jobs that require top secret security clearance, there aren't enough potential employees who qualify. Published May 15, 2014

Department of Energy

Energy Department loan office under scrutiny

The Energy Department's loan office — which came under fire for its handling of failed solar panel maker Solyndra — left a key oversight office understaffed for nearly a year, according to a recent government audit. Published May 14, 2014

A screen grab from the 1999 movie 'Office Space.'

Nice work if you can get it: Federal workers keep jobs despite misconduct

A program analyst at the Department of Housing and Urban Development spent up to three hours a day for five years working on private business deals — including once arranging to supply lap dancers for a private party — while he was supposed to be doing government work. Published May 13, 2014

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

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

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

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

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