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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1999 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Suddenly, inspectors general are a hotter accessory than cargo pants. The newly elected sheriff is searching for one to monitor his jails. The Board of Supervisors last month created an inspector general to advise it on how to avoid future lawsuits. Supervisor Mike Antonovich wants another to investigate the district attorney's problem-plagued child support office.
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NATIONAL
April 10, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - An inspectors general report released Thursday faulted the FBI for failing to conduct a "more thorough assessment" of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, saying such an investigation might have turned up evidence about his growing embrace of Islamic militancy and his possible threat to the United States. But the report's unclassified summary stopped short of saying a closer examination of Tsarnaev would necessarily have prevented the April 15, 2013, attack, which killed three people and injured more than 260. Acting on a 2011 tip from Russian intelligence, the FBI investigated Tsarnaev before last year's bombing, but closed the inquiry after the bureau found no links to terrorism.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1999 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a sweeping reaffirmation of the importance of civilian oversight of the Los Angeles Police Department, the city attorney today will tell the city's Police Commission that it has complete authority to order the chief to cooperate with the inspector general on all matters. The issue has been a point of contention in recent months between commission members and Chief Bernard C.
OPINION
March 25, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
It was no surprise last week when Los Angeles County Inspector General Max Huntsman recommended against renewing contracts with two agencies monitoring the Sheriff's Department. The same citizens commission that called for the creation of Huntsman's office also suggested that it absorb the functions of those other agencies, one of them established 22 years ago to report on excessive force and lax discipline, the other created nine years later to monitor the sheriff's handling of deputy misconduct allegations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2003 | Steve Berry, Times Staff Writer
Two members of the Los Angeles City Council called Tuesday for strengthening civilian oversight of the Police Department by increasing the power of the inspector general's office. "Civilian oversight is crucial to the future success of the Los Angeles Police Department," said Councilman Jack Weiss.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2006 | Tanya Caldwell, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday appointed Jerry Thornton as district inspector general, an often unpopular position but one intended to hold the district accountable. Thornton, who has been acting inspector general since May, said he would continue to investigate potential "waste, fraud and abuse of public funding." The terms of his contract -- including the length of his position -- are yet to be determined by board President Marlene Canter. Thornton previously served as the No.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2000 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a spirited debate over an issue that refuses to go away, the Los Angeles Police Commission once again tried Tuesday to define the roles and duties of its civilian watchdog, but was unable to reach a consensus and decided to revisit the matter next week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2005 | Erika Hayasaki and Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writers
The embattled inspector general for the Los Angeles Unified School District resigned Thursday after a six-year stint that frequently brought him into conflict with top district officials. Don Mullinax, who will leave the district next month, drew the ire of school officials for his critical reports on such matters as the Belmont Learning Complex and the purchase of a downtown high-rise that now serves as the district's headquarters.
NATIONAL
June 19, 2009 | Tom Hamburger
A Treasury Department challenge to the authority of government bailout watchdog Neil M. Barofsky came just as he had begun a sensitive investigation of the department's role in approving bonuses to executives of insurance giant AIG, sources said Thursday. Department lawyers had sent a message to Barofsky, special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, suggesting that lawyer-client privilege could restrict some of his inquiries.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 1998 | JANA J. MONJI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Director-adapter Michael Schlitt's version of "The Inspector General," Nikolai Gogol's tale of mistaken identity in 19th century czarist Russia, inhabits the realm of the absurd, peopled with grotesque human monsters. As presented at the Actors' Gang, its results are mixed: a well-considered, elegantly hilarious first act followed by an unrestrained, excessively indulgent second act. A tighter second half would really lift this well-acted interpretation into absurdist heaven.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
One of the longtime civilian monitors for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department defended his work Wednesday and said he should have his contract with the county renewed. Merrick Bobb's statements come a day after the new inspector general for the Sheriff's Department recommended the Board of Supervisors cut Bobb's contract, concluding that he and the agency's other monitor had limited success in helping the troubled department. In his letter to the board, Inspector General Max Huntsman said that over the years, Bobb had provided an "invaluable" outside perspective but in recent years his "influence has waned" and he had "little direct relationship with the department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
The new inspector general for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is recommending that the county cut off its contracts with two longtime civilian monitoring agencies, concluding they had only limited success in helping the troubled department. If the board accepts his recommendations, it would mark the end of relationships with two of the nation's most widely respected police monitors. The inspector general, former L.A. County prosecutor Max Huntsman, said that both Michael Gennaco and Merrick Bobb had their successes and were supported by well-intentioned staffers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
The new inspector general for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is recommending that the county cut off its contracts with two longtime civilian monitoring agencies, concluding they had only limited success in helping the troubled department. If the board accepts his recommendations, it would mark the end of relationships with two of the nation's most widely respected police monitors. The inspector general, former prosecutor Max Huntsman, said that both Michael Gennaco and Merrick Bobb had their successes and were supported by well-intentioned staffers.
OPINION
March 11, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Amid allegations of overbilling, environmental hazards and spiraling costs at the Belmont Learning Center in downtown L.A. in the late 1990s, the state Legislature created a separate investigative office within the Los Angeles Unified School District. The new inspector general was authorized to issue subpoenas, and charged with examining operations in the district with a piercing and unimpeded eye. But the position was authorized for only 15 years, until the end of 2014. The first inspector general reported on serious shortfalls in accountability and oversight at Belmont.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to ask the newly appointed inspector general of the Sheriff's Department to work with interim Sheriff John L. Scott to study setting up a civilian commission that would oversee the department. The officials will look into how such a body could be structured and weigh in on whether they advise creating it at all. They will report back to the board by the end of June. The supervisors also asked the county's attorneys to look into what steps would be required to create a commission with legal authority rather than a purely advisory body.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - The independent watchdog for the U.S. Postal Service has raised new concerns about an exclusive contract with real estate giant CBRE Group Inc. to handle leases and sales of postal properties nationwide, saying the arrangement presents “potential financial risks.” The office of inspector general has also sought an independent real estate firm to review all appraisals tied to transactions under the 2011 contract to ensure that...
OPINION
March 26, 1995
After the 1965 Watts riots, the McCone Commission recommended the creation of an office of inspector general made up of civilians and Los Angeles police officers who would operate outside the regular LAPD chain of command. It would have handled all civilian complaints against officers, bringing credibility to the process, and it would have reported directly to the police chief. It was a good idea. It was never implemented.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's inspector general has opened an investigation into the Northern California firm behind a massive recall of nearly 9 million pounds of beef products, raising the possibility of criminal wrongdoing by the company.  A spokesman for the the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service confirmed the investigation to The Times on Tuesday.  Rancho Feeding Corp. of Petaluma on Saturday announced a recall of 8.7 million pounds of beef products processed at its plant over the last year and sold in California and three other states.
NATIONAL
December 24, 2013 | By Neela Banjeree
WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency was justified in intervening to examine possible risks of gas drilling to Texas drinking water, the agency's internal watchdog reported Tuesday. But environmentalists say the report raises fresh concerns about the EPA's 2012 decision to halt its investigation into possible well-water contamination in Parker County, Texas. The EPA inspector general's report is the latest analysis to spotlight the regulator's handling of high-profile cases of alleged drinking-water contamination near natural gas drilling sites.
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