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United States v. Volkswagen AG, Audi, etc.

Categories: Crime/Justice,Environment,Govt/Business Scandals,Laws/Regulations,Manufacturing,Transportation

http://www.justice.gov/opa/file/809826/download

Civil complaint filed by the U.S. against Volkswagen for using illegal devices to cheat on emissions tests and violate the Clean Air Act. The suit seeks injunctive relief and the assessment of civil penalties. From the Justice Department

 

United States Secret Service: An Agency in Crisis

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Personnel,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Homeland Security,Presidency

https://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Oversight-USSS-Report.pdf

Examines problems in Secret Service presidential protection services with a focus on four incidents occurring over the past 5 years. Finds continuing serious deficiencies in White House protection and offers recommendations for improvement. From the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform

 

EPA Conducted Confirmatory Testing

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

http://www3.epa.gov/otaq/cert/documents/cd-mfr-guid-ltr-2015-09-25.pdf

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

http://www3.epa.gov/otaq/cert/documents/vw-nov-caa-09-18-15.pdf

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

http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/bd4379a92ceceeac8525735900400c27/dfc8e33b5ab162b985257ec40057813b!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

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/us-attorney-southern-district-new-york-announces-criminal-charges-against-general-motors-and

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

http://purl.stanford.edu/rs803pd3839

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

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

 

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