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  • Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz says an assessment of some time sheets found "significant deficiencies and irregularities" in unscheduled duty hours worked.
(Associated Press)

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  • Terrorism suspect Najibullah Zazi is arrested by FBI agents in Aurora, Colo., on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider - Denver Post) - MANDATORY CREDIT -

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  • **FILE** Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz (Associated Press)

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  • Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz says an assessment of some time sheets found "significant deficiencies and irregularities" in unscheduled duty hours worked.
(Associated Press)

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  • **FILE** Bill Newell, special agent in charge of ATF Phoenix, speaks Jan. 25, 2011, behind a cache of seized weapons in Phoenix. The ATF is under fire over a Phoenix-based gun-trafficking investigation called "Fast and Furious," in which agents allowed hundreds of guns into the hands of straw purchasers in hopes of making a bigger case. (Associated Press)

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  • Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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  • **FILE** Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz (Associated Press)

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  • ** FILE ** Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz goes before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. At the time, he was discussing "Operation Fast and Furious." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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  • Issa: More officials need to lose jobs in gunrunning

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  • **FILE** Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. speaks July 26, 2012, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. (Associated Press)

    Management failures cited in 'Fast and Furious' report

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  • Seized weapons are displayed at a news conference in Phoenix in January. Weapons like these, which were walked into Mexico, are at the heart of the Fast and Furious investigation under way on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

    Justice Dept. blamed in 'Fast and Furious' gun-trafficking operation

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  • Horowitz

    Justice nominee keeps names of 11 clients secret

    Michael E. Horowitz, President Obama's nominee as the Justice Department's top watchdog, has earned more than $4 million since last year as an attorney representing the likes of Pfizer Inc., Dow Chemical Co. and Cablevision Systems Corp. But he is keeping the identities of nearly a dozen other clients secret on newly filed ethics forms.

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