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    Labor Department Incorrectly Calculates Davis–Bacon Wage Requirements

    Should government agencies use the best information possible? For more than 80 years, the Labor Department has answered that question in the negative. The Davis–Bacon Act (DBA) of 1931 requires federal construction contractors to pay their workers at least the “prevailing wage” in their locality. The Act charges the Labor … More

    USDA's Stimulus Jobs Data Plagued by Inaccuracies

    Federal requirements for monitoring jobs data associated with President Obama’s stimulus package are insufficient to ensure that that the information is accurate, according to a review of that data compiled by the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The IG released a report this week documenting widespread inaccuracies in … More

    Watchdog Warns of "Very Serious" Cybersecurity Failures at DOL

    Identity verification systems that allow employees of the U.S. Department of Labor to access secure information systems are woefully lacking in security measures, according to DOL’s Office of the Inspector General. A September 7 letter from DOL’s assistant inspector general for audit, obtained by Scribe through a Freedom of Information … More

    Taxpayer-Backed Green Energy Firms Subpoenaed by Federal Watchdog

    The Treasury Department’s top watchdog has opened an investigation into a popular grant program that helped finance a host of green energy projects, according to a recent SEC filing by one of the companies under investigation. SolarCity Corp. revealed in its initial public offer (IPO) filing that it has been subpoenaed by … More

    Fast & Furious: Univision Continuing to Ask the Tough Questions

    On the heels of staging a successful presidential forum, Univision, the largest Spanish-language network in the U.S., has uncovered more information on the failed Operation Fast and Furious. Fast and Furious resulted in nearly 2,000 high-powered weapons travelling across the border to be used by Mexican drug cartels that has … More

    Fast and Furious: DOJ Inspector General Issues Long-Awaited Report

    The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) inspector general has come out with a report about Operation Fast and Furious, an ill-conceived gun-smuggling investigation to identify the cartel leaders behind a firearms trafficking network that resulted in more than 2,000 high-powered weapons ending up in the hands of dangerous thugs. Two of … More

    Government Agencies Using Criminal Law for Self-Promotion

    In a prior Foundry post, we highlighted the egregious misconduct of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Legal Enforcement in the prosecution of marine biologist Nancy Black. NOAA is criminally prosecuting her for bogus charges, including lying to investigators and feeding whales. These charges could land Black … More

    Watchdog Recommends Revocation of $9 Million EPA Stimulus Award

    The chief watchdog for the Environmental Protection Agency has recommended that the agency recoup $9 million in grant funds given to an Oregon non-profit – the entirety of the award – citing uncompetitive procurement costs, shoddy financial management, and inadequate reporting of information to the federal government. EPA awarded the … More

    Inspector General to Investigate Lavish Commerce Department Conferences

    The Commerce Department’s inspector general will investigate whether an obscure agency within the department spent millions of dollars on an annual conference near Disney World in Florida. The agency has disputed those allegations, first brought by congressional Republicans on behalf of a whistleblower. If the whistleblowers’ numbers — contained in … More

    Rural Utilities Create Zero Jobs With $47 Million in Stimulus Funding

    A stimulus program designed to create jobs by funding rural utility projects has created only about 12% of the jobs projected at the outset of the program in a sample of towns recently examined by the Agriculture Department’s Inspector General. The IG examined 22 local utilities and government agencies to receive … More