Posts Tagged ‘Inspector General’

Vince Gray Announces His Inspector General Nominee, With a New Law to Match

Five months after then–District Inspector General Charles Willoughby announced that he was retiring, Vince Gray has come up with his replacement. If only the new guy was legally allowed to be inspector general!
Gray nominee Daniel Lucas has experience in the watchdog business, coming from a position as Deputy Inspector General in the Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command. Thanks to [...]

Report: In D.C. Traffic Camera System, Drivers Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Inspector general slams city over ticketing procedures

Council Blocks Plan to Change How Inspector Generals Get Picked

The District's mediocre inspector general is headed for the door later this month when his term expires, which in another city would mean it'd be a time for a national search to replace him. Thanks to District law, though, Vince Gray's administration will only be able to pick someone who already works in the D.C. area. [...]

Board of Ethics Could Subpoena Inspector General Over Documents Fight

D.C. Inspector General Charles Willoughby is refusing to share evidence from investigations with the Board of Ethic and Government Accountability, board members complained at their meeting today. The bureaucratic turf war has gotten so bad that the board authorized its staff to subpoena the inspector general if he won't hand over documents.
BEGA is supposed to be able [...]

Assistant Inspector General Position Left Unfilled for Seven Months

The District's Office of the Inspector General hasn't been doing much quality inspecting lately. In one of its latest reports, the inspector general discovers that a Department of Parks and Recreation employee was using too much city gas—but can't prove that the employee was actually stealing it. The U.S. Attorney's Office declined to prosecute. In another report, [...]

Federal Inspector General Faults D.C. Employment Office

An audit by the Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General released yesterday found that D.C.'s Department of Employment Services had numerous accounting and record-keeping errors when administering federal job training grants from October 2008 to the end of 2011. The DOL's OIG is recommending the feds try and recoup $8.8 million in "questioned costs" [...]

Dept. of Education: We Interviewed Former Principal

A long-awaited Frontline special on Michelle Rhee's tenure as schools chancellor finally aired last night. As the Post reported before the show aired, former Noyes Education Campus Principal Adell Cothorne alleged on the program that she witnessed possible answer tampering at the school but was never interviewed by the D.C. inspector general, who was tasked [...]

D.C.’s Inspector General: The Worst? Or the Worst?

Just when you thought the Inspector General Charles Willoughby could not be any worse at his job, he goes and drops reporting showing that his investigators spent significant time doing surveillance on a city employee who was breaking parking laws.
The new IG report details how the $15 million-a-year watchdog agency nailed a DCRA employee who [...]

Rhee on Erasergate: No Biggie

LL didn't have room in his column this week for some highlights of former Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee's new memoir. One particularly interesting passage is Rhee's take on USA Today's investigation that found an almost impossibly large number of erasure marks on standardized tests.
Rhee acknowledges that her initial response to the story—attacking it as "insulting" to [...]

D.C.’s Lame IG Strikes Again

While LL was away, the city's Office of Inspector General struck again.
The IG released a report on its investigation into allegations of cheating on standardized tests at D.C. public schools. The office began its investigation more than a year ago after a lengthy piece by USA Today in March 2011 questioned why so many tests [...]