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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Special Report: The Department of Energy’s Loan Guarantee to Solyndra, Inc.

Categories: Energy,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Science/Technology

http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2015/08/f26/11-0078-I.pdf

Provides the results of a 4 year-long investigation into allegations that officials of Solyndra submitted false and misleading information to the DOE during the application process for a $535 million loan guarantee.  The controversial transaction damaged confidence in the program designed to provide loan guarantees for innovative energy projects.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Energy Department

 

The Internal Revenue Service’s Processing of 501C3 and 501C4 Applications for Tax-Exempt Status Submitted by “Political Advocacy” Organizations From 2010-2013

Categories: Govt Personnel,Govt Processes/Organization,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Taxes

http://www.finance.senate.gov/library/reports/committee/download/?id=8ff9a3ac-74f8-4ec0-a554-40525529920c

Results of the investigation into alleged mismanagement by the Internal Revenue Service in weighing claims for tax-exempt status by political advocacy organizations claiming to be social welfare organizations.  From the Senate Finance Committee

 

United States of America v. Robert F. McDonnell

Categories: Crime/Justice,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

http://cases.justia.com/federal/appellate-courts/ca4/15-4019/15-4019-2015-07-10.pdf?ts=1436538619

Decision of a three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit which affirmed the public corruption conviction of former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell.  McDonnell was convicted and sentenced to a two year prison term.  From Justia

 

Five Major Banks Agree to Parent-Level Guilty Pleas

Categories: Crime/Justice,Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt/Business Scandals

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/five-major-banks-agree-parent-level-guilty-pleas

Press release on guilty pleas to felony charges by five large banks for illegally manipulating interest and exchange rates.  From the Justice Department

 

United States of America v. Robert F. McDonnell

Categories: Crime/Justice,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Virginia Issues

http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/docs/pdfs/154019or.pdf

Order of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell may remain free while pursuing his appeal of his conviction on corruption charges.  McDonnell had been scheduled to report for prison on February 9, 2015.  Posted by Justia

 

SEC Announces Charges Against Standard & Poor’s for Fraudulent Ratings Misconduct

Categories: Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

http://www.sec.gov/news/pressrelease/2015-10.html#.VMEEUmOa-JY

Agency press release which summarizes the charges against S&P for federal securities law violations involving misconduct in ratings of mortgage-backed securities.  Includes links to the specific SEC orders related to the case.  From the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

 

Final Report of the Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation Network Agency Accountability Board

Categories: Congress,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Spying/Intelligence,Terrorism

https://www.cia.gov/library/reports/Redacted-December-2014-Agency-Accountability-Board-Report.pdf

 

An in-house investigation which absolves agents of the Central Intelligence Agency of allegations of unauthorized access to the computer drives used by staff of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, while that group was preparing its study of the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the CIA, posted by  Allgov.com

 

U.S. Department of Transportation Fines Honda $70 Million for Failing to Comply with Laws that Safeguard the Public

Categories: Govt/Business Scandals,Laws/Regulations,Manufacturing,Transportation

http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/2015/DOT-fines-Honda-$70-million

 

Agency press release about a pair of $35 million fines levied against Honda for failing to report deaths, injuries, and warranty claims to the federal government in violation of disclosure law.   Also provides a list of the major civil penalties imposed on vehicle manufacturers during 2014.  From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

 

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