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Topic - Michael E. Horowitz
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America's oversight of millions of dollars in Justice Department grant money was "inadequate," according to an audit released Monday, and the organization failed to adequately oversee funding it provided to local affiliate agencies.
A government report Wednesday found significant deficiencies in how the U.S. Marshals Service accounts for overtime and supplemental pay for law enforcement officers; identifies more than $275,000 in unsupported costs associated with district-level salaries, fleet cards and purchase cards; and concludes that the agency needs to take multiple actions to strengthen its internal controls to ensure it is adequately preventing waste, fraud and abuse.
The U.S. attorney in Arizona leaked an internal memo to undermine a veteran Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent who was highly critical of the botched "Fast and Furious" gunrunning operation, the Justice Department's office of inspector general said Monday in a report.
A senior Republican in Congress said Wednesday that he wants to know why Justice Department employees whose "hostile, racist and inappropriate behavior" was documented in a new report — including one who admitted lying to the department's office of inspector general — are still employed.
An audit by the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General on Wednesday challenged oversight by the U.S. Marshals Service of more than $521 million in purchases during a two-year period, saying there was insufficient training for contracting personnel, ineffective management and review of procurement activities, and decentralized management of buying within the agency.
The Justice Department's pardon attorney inaccurately advised the White House regarding the clemency bid of a first-time drug offender sentenced in 1993 to three life terms in a drug case in which he was not the buyer, seller or supplier and received the stiffest sentence of all those convicted in the case, a report said Tuesday.
The federal court that hears immigration cases and administers the nation's immigration laws is "flawed" and has failed to keep up with pending cases despite an increase in the number of judges, a report said Thursday.
Fourteen teenagers slaughtered at a birthday party in Mexico with weapons purchased during the now-discredited Fast and Furious gunrunning investigation are the faces of a "reckless" operation that allowed hundreds of illegally purchased guns to be transported south of the border.
The Senate Judiciary Committee's top Republican, who began the investigation into the "Fast and Furious" gunrunning probe nearly two years ago, says it's time those responsible for the botched operation were disciplined.
The chairman of a House committee investigating the Fast and Furious gunrunning operation praised a report by the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General on what went wrong in the bungled investigation but said more people involved need to lose their jobs.
The Justice Department's Office of Inspector General on Wednesday blamed the failure of Operation Fast and Furious on a series of "misguided strategies," but found no evidence that Attorney General Eric. H. Holder Jr. knew of the misguided gunrunning investigation before its public unraveling in January 2011.
Nearly two years after weapons purchased during the botched "Fast and Furious" gunrunning investigation were found at the scene of the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent, a Justice Department report on Wednesday outlined a "pattern of serious failures" in the handling of the operation by both the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and U.S. attorney's office in Arizona.
The Justice Department has failed to meet the required 60-day guideline for processing background checks for new employees who require national security clearances and, as a result, some key positions within the department — including agents, intelligence analysts and linguists — go unfilled for extended periods, a new report said Thursday.
When it comes to gays and the Boy Scouts, President Obama and the youth organization he serves as honorary president have agreed to disagree.
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.
"We also determined that BBBSA did not adequately oversee the funds provided to local affiliate agencies by failing to require the local chapters to provide documentary support for the grant funds received and expended," said Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz. "We found that BBBSA charged unallowable expenditures to the grants, failed to adequately monitor consultants, and did not properly report program income generated through the programs."
Mr. Horowitz said the Office of Justice Programs agreed with all of the OIG's recommendations except the recommendation that the funds not yet disbursed be put to better use.