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Phillip Swarts

Phillip Swarts

Phillip Swarts is an investigative reporter for The Washington Times, covering fiscal waste, fraud and political ethics. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and previously worked as an investigative reporter for the Washington Guardian. Phillip can be reached at

Articles by Phillip Swarts

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James B. Comey listens to a question from a reporter during a media conference in San Francisco on Feb. 27, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

FBI offers $3M reward for Russian cybercriminal

The FBI announced a $3 million reward Tuesday for one of its most wanted cybercriminals, the largest amount the agency has ever offered for cybercrime, officials said. Published February 24, 2015

Events in Ferguson and New York have affected police morale. — FILE (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Ferguson, Staten Island events harm police morale

Controversies surrounding police actions — such as the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner during altercations with law enforcement — can have drastic effects on the morale of officers across the nation, officials said. Published February 22, 2015

Grand juries decided not to indict officers in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York and the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, leading to protests.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Police academy enrollment rises despite negative events in Ferguson, New York City

There has been a surge of applicants vying for police academy positions around the country, even as the role of law enforcement has come under fire due to the highly politicized events in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York, where cops were questioned for their use of force against black men. Published February 22, 2015

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Golden Hammer: Millions of HUD money went to lobbying, not housing

Despite a prohibition against taxpayer money being spent to influence government, millions of dollars meant to provide housing to poor and underprivileged areas instead went to lobbying because of lax oversight by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Published February 5, 2015