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Topic - Michael Horowitz
The Justice Department's inspector general is conducting a four-city examination into storefront undercover operations run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to assess whether they pose a danger to the public.
The Department of Justice has squandered as much as $100 million in taxpayer dollars over the past five years by issuing grants to duplicative organizations or to programs that don't follow through on the promises, programs, and compliance requirements tied to their receiving the funds.
A false storefront operation run by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives led to arrests in Portland and several other cities, but its methods have come under fire.
One of NASA's renowned research centers has been under a four-year FBI investigation for the possible transfer of secret weapon-system technology to foreign countries, including China, two Republican congressmen have disclosed.
According to research on the psychology and efficacy of predictions, long-term expert predictions have been found to be about as accurate as monkeys tossing darts at a board labeled with potential future outcomes. And yet forecasting remains a growth industry, in both the intelligence community and televised political punditry.
President Obama on Thursday called an inspector general's report of the Justice Department's bungled gun-trafficking operation an "independent" investigation that should silence critics of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.
A Republican House committee chairman said Thursday that a watchdog report on a bungled gun-trafficking probe in Arizona is a huge step toward restoring public faith in the Justice Department.
The internal watchdog of the Justice Department is faulting the agency for misguided strategies, errors in judgment and management failures during a bungled gun-trafficking probe in Arizona that resulted in hundreds of weapons turning up at crime scenes in the U.S. and Mexico.
The failure of the White House to enforce threatened sanctions against countries that the State Department has accused of doing little to control human trafficking is "appalling," with the Obama administration — much like the George W. Bush administration before it — using "every loophole possible" to issue waivers to avoid punishing the offending nations by cutting U.S. aid, according to elected officials, human rights activists and others.
IG Michael Horowitz said if his office learns of information that might warrant looking at additional storefront operations, it will consider expanding the review to include them.
There needs to be better communication among the inspectors generals' offices across the federal government so that each department is aware of which organization has abused grant money so that additional government funds aren't paid to them, Mr. Horowitz said.