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2008-07-28 18:00:24

WASHINGTON _ The Environmental Protection Agency has told its staff not to answer questions from the agency's internal watchdog, news reporters or the nonpartisan investigative arm of Congress, according an internal memo that an environmental group released Monday. The June 16 memo to the staff of the EPA's enforcement division told them that if they're contacted by the EPA inspector general's office, an independent internal watchdog that monitors the agency, or by the Government...

2008-07-23 15:00:51

A report issued by the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of the Interior has concluded that the National Park Service knowingly used false scientific data to bolster its attempt to drive a local oyster company from the Point Reyes National Seashore area. The investigation conducted by the Inspector General reveals that Park Service officials made false scientific claims, misled other federal authorities and attempted to hide data that called into question the...

2008-07-03 18:00:25

DALLAS - The FAA must make changes to ensure that airlines correct safety violations like those that occurred at Southwest Airlines, according to a new government report. The report says more inspectors should review safety cases before they are closed, and that inspectors should be barred from immediately going to work for airlines that they monitor. The Federal Aviation Administration agrees with several of the suggestions but rejected an idea to rotate inspectors so they don't become...

2008-07-02 21:00:15

U.S. officials said Southwest Airlines passengers were put at risk by an overly collaborative relationship between the airline and federal regulators. The Inspector General's Office of the Department of Transportation issued a report Wednesday concluding that the Federal Aviation Administration's relationship with Southwest jeopardized the safety of thousands of Southwest customers, The Washington Post reported. The FAA acknowledged this year its inspectors improperly allowed the airlines...

2008-06-19 15:00:18

BILOXI, Miss. _ A Pentagon investigative report alleges the firm KBR Inc. held an illegal contract, overcharged millions to the Navy and produced shoddy workmanship on its South Mississippi jobs after Katrina. A report released by the Department of Defense's Office of the Inspector General says KBR worked on Navy facilities in Gulfport, Miss.; Pascagoula, Miss.; at Stennis Space Center; and in Pensacola, Fla., among other Gulf Coast sites after hurricanes Ivan and Katrina. The group holds a...

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2008-04-03 03:00:00

WASHINGTON -- Regulators overseeing Southwest Airlines repeatedly allowed the airline to escape punishment for safety violations because of a close relationship between the airline and federal officials, according to a federal watchdog investigation. The inspector general's report found that Southwest violated more federally required safety regulations than previously known. It also discovered that FAA managers in North Texas didn't act on questions -- raised as early as September 2005 --...

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2008-03-10 00:00:00

Dozens of U.S. troops in Iraq fell sick at bases using "unmonitored and potentially unsafe" water supplied by the military and a contractor once owned by Vice President Dick Cheney's former company, the Pentagon's internal watchdog says. A report obtained by The Associated Press said soldiers experienced skin abscesses, cellulitis, skin infections, diarrhea and other illnesses after using discolored, smelly water for personal hygiene and laundry at five U.S. military sites in Iraq. The...

2007-06-27 06:01:15

By Noelle Phillips, The State, Columbia, S.C. Jun. 27--Dorn VA Medical Center was performing heart procedures it was not authorized to do, a recent U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs inspection found. A report by the VA's Inspector General Office said Dorn did not have permission to open blocked arteries through cardiac catheterizations because it does not have an on-site cardiac surgery program. Dorn should have requested an exemption from the VA before performing the surgeries, the...

2006-08-15 17:45:23

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Last week's highly publicized case of a U.S. government laptop stolen in Florida was actually the second government computer stolen there in recent months, investigators said on Tuesday. A laptop computer containing fraud case files was stolen from a U.S. transportation agent in Florida three months before the theft of the government laptop containing personal data on thousands of motorists and pilots. Last week, the U.S. government offered a $10,000...

2006-08-01 23:20:45

By Kristin Roberts WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States should create a reserve force of civilian contractors to be deployed for relief and rebuilding operations as needed, the government's independent inspector for Iraq reconstruction recommended on Wednesday. In a report to Congress, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen also said contractors with expertise in special reconstruction areas should be prequalified, to make the contracting process more...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'