September 25, 2005 |
When Joseph E. Schmitz took over as the Pentagon's inspector general in 2002, the largest watchdog organization in the federal government was under fire for failing to fully investigate a senior official, falsifying internal documents and mistreating whistle-blowers. He publicly pledged to clean it up. Three years later, similar accusations now surround Schmitz.
March 29, 2002 |
The Pentagon's inspector general is looking into Army Secretary Thomas E. White's use of a military plane in March on a trip to Colorado, defense officials said Thursday. During the Colorado stay, White completed a house sale in Aspen, raising questions as to whether he used the plane for personal business. The inspector general, Joseph E. Schmitz, informed Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's office that he is checking the travel portion of White's affairs, one official said.
December 8, 2004 |
A decade-long failure by top officials to recognize the severity of sexual abuse problems at the Air Force Academy created a culture that allowed sexual assaults to go unreported and unpunished, an internal Pentagon review has concluded. The report also blamed eight Air Force officials for "creating, contributing to, or abiding" a faulty assault reporting system.
October 15, 2005 |
The FBI has closed its investigation of a top Pentagon official accused by whistle-blowers of attempting to steer telecommunications contracts in Iraq to friends, according to U.S. officials. The decision means that no criminal charges in the case will be filed against John A. "Jack" Shaw, a former deputy undersecretary of Defense, according to a Pentagon official who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak on the matter. "It's closed," the Pentagon official said.
October 9, 2005 |
So much money is at stake in Hurricane Katrina rebuilding that even the watchdogs are at issue in the dogfight over how best to spend the federal largess. Republicans and Democrats have rushed forward no fewer than seven proposals, each purportedly the best way to scrutinize plans for the $63 billion set aside for recovery efforts -- a sum expected to grow soon.
July 7, 2004 |
A senior Defense Department official conducted unauthorized investigations of Iraq reconstruction efforts and used their results to push for lucrative contracts for friends and their business clients, according to current and former Pentagon officials and documents. John A. "Jack" Shaw, deputy undersecretary for international technology security, represented himself as an agent of the Pentagon's inspector general in conducting the investigations, sources said.