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EPA Conducted Confirmatory Testing

Categories: Environment,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Transportation

Letter sent to vehicle manufacturers announcing additional evaluations of emissions devices designed to look for potential “defeat” devices. Follows revelation that Volkswagen diesel vehicles were equipped with software that turns emissions controls on and off to fool tests. From the Environment Protection Agency


EPA Notice of Violation [to VW]

Categories: Environment,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Transportation

EPA letter to VW officials notifying them of the ongoing investigation of their emissions control systems and the nature of the alleged violations. From the Environmental Protection Agency


EPA, California Notify Volkswagen of Clean Air Act Violations

Categories: Environment,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Transportation!OpenDocument

Agency press release which announced the violations of federal emissions standards by Volkswagen diesel engine vehicles from model years 2009-2015 which included software designed to trick emissions tests. From the Environmental Protection Agency


U.S. Attorney … Announces Criminal Charges Against General Motors and Deferred Prosecution Agreement with $900 Million Forfeiture

Categories: Crime/Justice,Govt/Business Scandals,Transportation

Agency press release on actions of U.S. government against General Motors for concealing defects in ignition switches which are blamed for 15 deaths and many serious injuries. From the U.S. Department of Justice


Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing: Memorandum for All United States Attorneys

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

Announces new policies that place a priority on prosecution of individual employees with major responsibility for wrongdoing in connection with the 2008-2009 housing crisis, financial meltdown, and related corporate scandals. The Justice Department has been criticized for a strategy of fining offending corporations but not prosecuting their leaders. From the U.S. Department of Justice, posted by the Stanford University Digital Repository.


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

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

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

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

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


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