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UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

Watchdog caught in political crossfire on his Russia report

The Justice Department’s internal watchdog has found himself caught in a political tug of war between Democrats and Republicans.

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Nerf gun, Power Rangers claw cited by toy safety watchdog

A high-powered Nerf gun, ice cream-scented Nickelodeon slime and a plastic Power Rangers claw are among the toys on a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the …

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 1, 2019

Shawn Vestal: Initial internal reviews, watchdog assessment raise serious concerns about exoneration in K-9 arrest

Chief Craig Meidl and Capt. Tom Hendren said they believed that the context of the arrest led them to conclude the use of force was appropriate. They did not mention …

Consumer watchdog agency probes Juul and 5 more vaping firms

A government watchdog agency is ordering Juul and five other vaping companies to hand over information about how they market e-cigarettes.

UN atomic watchdog confirms Iran installing new centrifuges

The United Nations’ atomic watchdog confirmed Monday that Iran is preparing to use more advanced centrifuges, another breach of limits set in the country’s slowly unraveling nuclear deal with major …

U.S. watchdog: Separated migrant children suffered trauma

Migrant children who were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border last year suffered post-traumatic stress and other serious mental health problems, according to a government watchdog report Wednesday. …

UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019

Watchdog says FBI has access to about 640M photographs

A government watchdog says the FBI has access to about 640 million photographs – including from driver’s licenses, passports and mugshots – that can be searched using facial recognition technology.

Zinke’s agency watchdog refers him to the Justice Department

The Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General has referred one of its ongoing probes into the conduct of Secretary Ryan Zinke to the Justice Department for further investigation, according to …

UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018

Flint water crisis prompts call for more federal oversight

A federal watchdog is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen its oversight of state drinking water systems nationally and respond more quickly to public health emergencies such as …

Watchdog gets authority to assign blame in chemical attacks

Member nations of the global chemical weapons watchdog on Wednesday voted to give the organization the authority to apportion blame for attacks, expanding its powers following a bitter dispute between …

Watchdog: Sarin, chlorine likely used in Syria in March 2017

The global chemical weapons watchdog says the nerve agent sarin and toxic chemical chlorine were “very likely” used as weapons in two attacks in central Syria in late March 2017.

How empty are Hanford’s nuclear waste tanks? Not enough, says watchdog

A Hanford watchdog group is objecting as the Department of Energy takes the first step toward a plan to fill underground, radioactive waste storage tanks with concrete-like grout and leave …

Watchdog criticizes conditions at Chinese factory that builds Amazon Echo speakers

The worker took her position on the line in the brightly lit factory floor in China’s Hunan province, dressed in a static-resistant uniform.

UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018

Mulvaney insists consumer watchdog still doing its job

Mick Mulvaney tried Wednesday to reassure Democrats on a House finance panel that he’s committed to punishing unscrupulous financial companies, while agreeing with Republicans that the watchdog agency he runs …

Under Trump, a voice for the American consumer goes silent

In the 135 days since the Trump administration took control of the nation’s consumer watchdog agency, it has not recorded a single enforcement action against banks, credit card companies, debt …

UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018

Watchdog report: Failed VA leadership put patients at risk

“Failed leadership” at the Department of Veterans Affairs during the Obama years put patients at a major hospital at risk, an internal probe finds – another blow to Secretary David …

Internal watchdog to probe FEMA contracts to tiny firm

The Department of Homeland Security’s internal watchdog is investigating how a fledgling Florida company won more than $30 million in contracts for desperately needed disaster relief supplies in Puerto Rico …

Syria, Russia slammed at chemical weapons watchdog meeting

Syria and its close ally Russia faced harsh criticism on Thursday at a meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons following an investigation that blamed Syrian President …

Pat Hoover and Susan Cundiff: Hanford watchdog needed to ensure accountability

Where did you grow up? The answer to that question has been the most significant information in my (Patricia Hoover’s) medical history.

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017

Interior watchdog investigating Zinke over charter flights

The Interior Department’s internal watchdog said Monday it is investigating Secretary Ryan Zinke’s use of charter flights, even as Zinke dismissed the controversy over his taxpayer-financed flights as “a little …

Leonard Pitts Jr: Newspapers last line of defense between 2017 and ‘1984’

Readers found renewed appreciation for newspapers as we trudge through the Valley of the Shadow of Trump. They see them as the last line of defense between 2017 and “1984.”

Meet the Missouri congressman at the center of the storm over ethics watchdog

Members of Congress reportedly cited an 8-year-old ethics investigation into Missouri Rep. Sam Graves, at a closed-door meeting Monday night, as an example of why they needed to rein in …