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Earl Gregg Swem Library

“Gavel-to-Gavel”: The Watergate Scandal and Public Television

Categories: Crime/Justice,Elections/Campaigns,Govt/Business Scandals,History

http://americanarchive.org/exhibits/watergate

An online exhibit which includes the evening rebroadcasts of the Watergate hearings by public television, a cast of characters identifying the main figures, as well as the impeachment hearings which followed.  From the American Archive of Public Broadcasting, the Library of Congress and WGBH.

 

Improper Payments Legislation: Key Provisions, Implementation, and Selected Proposals in the 114th Congress

Categories: Congress,Govt Finance,Govt/Business Scandals

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44702.pdf

Describes the continuing problem of federal government overpayments and improper payments and attempts to craft legislation to alleviate the problem.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Transforming DoD’s Core Business Processes for Revolutionary Change

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines

http://dbb.defense.gov/Portals/35/Documents/Meetings/2015/2015-01/CBP%20Task%20Group%20Out-brief%20Slides_FINAL.pdf

2015 study of Pentagon operations, now in the headlines due to allegations that top Pentagon officials tried to discredit and bury the report which found that  $125 billion or nearly a quarter of  the DoD budget was devoted to administrative expenses, such as accounting and property management.  From the Defense Business Board

 

Ninth Report to Congress Pursuant to the International Anticorruption and Good Governance Act

Categories: Afghanistan,Africa,Foreign Affairs,Govt/Business Scandals,Haiti,Latin America,Ukraine

http://www.state.gov/j/inl/rls/rpt/264335.htm

Latest annual report, covering 2014-15, on U.S. anticorruption efforts and corresponding efforts by priority countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, and Ukraine.  From the State Department

 

The OPM Data Breach: How the Government Jeopardized Our National Security for More Than a Generation

Categories: Govt Personnel,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Homeland Security,Privacy,Telecommunications/Internet

https://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/The-OPM-Data-Breach-How-the-Government-Jeopardized-Our-National-Security-for-More-than-a-Generation.pdf

Committee staff report on the hacking of Office of Personnel Management data bases by foreign sources in 2015.  The report blames the agency for failing to heed repeated warnings about inadequate security and for misleading the public on the extent of the damage.  From the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform

 

FBI Releases Documents in Hillary Clinton E-Mail Investigation

https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-releases-documents-in-hillary-clinton-e-mail-investigation

Press release announcing public availability of the summary of Hillary Clinton’s July 2016 interview with FBI officials concerning allegations that classified information was improperly stored/transmitted on a personal e-mail server.  Also includes a factual summary of the FBI investigation.  Contains links to text of documents in FBI’s Vault site. The documents released for public viewing represent only a portion of the material turned over to congressional committees. From the Federal Bureau of Investigation

 

Investigative Report: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Analysis of Patent Examiners’ Time and Attendance

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Govt Finance,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Statistics

https://www.oig.doc.gov/OIGPublications/14-0990.pdf

Full text of the report on time and attendance abuse by patent examiners at the Patent and Trademark Office.  Identified 137,000 unsupported hours of claimed work at a cost of nearly $8.8 million in a 9 month period.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Commerce

 

Strengthening Cultural Resources Stewardship in the National Park Service

Categories: Environment,Govt/Business Scandals,History,Native Americans

https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/foia/upload/EFMOAfterActionReview_AsReleased_August2016.pdf

An “after action” review of scandalous conditions at a National Park Service monument in Iowa results in sharp criticism of the management of the agency for lack of understanding and concern about the preservation of cultural resources. From the National Park Service

 

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