Inspector General Report: 52 Felons Regularly Gained Access To Military Bases

Report: 52 Felons Gained Access To Military Bases – Big Government

A newly released Inspector General report reveals that convicted felons have gained access to United States military facilities on a regular basis. Monday morning, 12 people were murdered by a gunman who had authorized access to Washington’s Navy Yard.

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According to the report, “the problems in vetting contractors were related to budget cuts.” The report identified that 52 felons had unauthorized access to to military facilities for 62 to 1035 days. It states the Navy did not:

“follow federal credentialing standards and DOD contractor vetting requirements and did not provide 7 of the 10 installations visited the appropriate resources and capabilities to conduct required contractor background checks.”

A congressional aide told the Hill that budget cuts were not from the sequester, but resulted from military cuts before the sequester took place.

This is not the first time there has been a problem with vetting government contractors. Edward Snowden, who leaked enormous amounts of classified information to the world was also a government contractor. A Navy official claims the the security process faulted in the report were not the ones that gave Washington Naval Yard gunman access.

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-LA) told reporters on Capitol Hill “It may be time for a [congressional] review to see how well these contractors are doing their jobs” regarding the vetting for sensitive security positions.

The report singles out a company named Eid Passport, who did not turn up felony convictions in the reports they issued on the background checks.

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Senator Cruz To Hold Up All State Department Nominees Until Obama Nominates Inspector General

Backbone: Cruz To Hold Up All State Dept. Presidential Nominees Until Obama Nominates Inspector General – Right Scoop

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This is just one of the reasons why Ted Cruz is nothing but awesomeness:

POLITICO – Sen. Ted Cruz said Wednesday he will hold up all presidential nominees for the State Department until President Barack Obama nominates an inspector general for the department.

The Texas Republican said that the attacks on Americans in Benghazi as well as overspending in overseas conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq underscore the need for Obama to select a watchdog to the State Department, which has been missing a permanent IG since Obama assumed the presidency in 2009.

“The position has been vacant for almost 2,000 days. This is a crucial oversight position and should be a priority for an agency facing substantial management challenges,” Cruz said. “Until the president acts, I have notified Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that I will place a hold on all State Department nominations.”

Secretary of State John Kerry told senators in April that a candidate for the IG position is coming soon. State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said the nomination of that candidate will be revealed “after the vetting and paperwork process is complete.”

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IRS union head met with Obama the day before targeting of Tea Party groups began

Well now, isn’t that special?

By now, you’ve probably seen the news:

Report: Head of IRS Employees Union Met
With President Obama the Day Before
Tea Party Targeting Began

Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union which represents employees of the Internal Revenue Service, met at the White House with President Obama the day before two IRS officials created the “Sensitive Case Report” that targeted Tea Party groups for special scrutiny on their applications for non-profit status.
White House visitors logs show that Kelley visited the White House on March 31, 2010, to meet with Obama, a day before an Inspector General’s report shows that the “Sensitive Case Report” was created, Jeffrey Lord of The American Spectator reported . . .

And you might be surprised (but probably not) to learn that Colleen M. Kelley has never worked a day in the private sector:

[A]n NTEU member since 1974, Kelley was an IRS Revenue Agent for 14 years and served in various NTEU chapter leadership positions, including chapter president of NTEU Chapter 34 in Pittsburgh. She was elected National President in August 1999 and was overwhelmingly re-elected to a fourth four-year term in 2011.
Kelley first joined the IRS upon graduation from Drexel University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She also earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Pittsburgh.

Go read it all, Stacy also lists the folks, or some of them, that Kelley seems to, shall we say, dislike intensely. I am sure Dan Pfeiffer would dismiss this all as “irrellevant”, and tell us these are just funny coincidences. Me, I think The Church lady might sum it up best

Why are we so deep in debt?

Many reasons you might say, but the big issue is simple. The government has ZERO respect for taxpayers. It has not even one hint of an idea that maybe they should try to spend less. Here is but one example that illustrates that our government, on all levels, has developed a culture spend, spend, spend

A federal audit has revealed the chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission, Richard Lidinsky, used taxpayer dollars to spend more than $1,600 a month leasing a Chevy Tahoe SUV and $75 an hour to hire a staffer to drive him around Washington D.C. 

Channel 2 Action News also found parking for the vehicle cost $4,700 a year, and at least 105 trips made with the vehicle were used to “shuttle the agency’s chairman from his office to a nearby train station” that was three blocks from his office, less than a ten-minute walk. 

After agency employees complained about the SUV, The Federal Maritime Commission’s Inspector General “investigated the procurement and usage of the SUV” and also found the agency “trampled government rules” because the Chevy Tahoe, which gets 15 miles per gallon, is not a fuel-efficient vehicle. All government vehicles must pass fuel-efficiency standards. In addition, the investigation found that “agency employees failed to properly log the trips made in the SUV.”

I am sure Libs will read this and say what difference does that spending make, we are, after all, TRILLIONS in the hole. It is about the culture people! Think if the culture was changed? Think if the culture demanded fiscal responsibility rather than accepting this type of waste and fraud? Think if the culture started to change. From a culture of entitlement to a culture of respect and fiscal responsibility!

 

Key Holder Deputy Resigns As Inspector General Releases Fast And Furious Report

Key Holder Deputy Resigns As Inspector General Releases Fast And Furious Report – Daily Caller

The Department of Justice’s inspector general released its internal investigation into Operation Fast and Furious on Wednesday afternoon, and senior DOJ official Jason Weinstein resigned as it was released.

The 512-page report grills Attorney General Eric Holder and his inner circle at DOJ, and excoriates the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for Fast and Furious.

House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa ripped the DOJ in a statement. “The Inspector General’s report confirms findings by Congress’ investigation of a near total disregard for public safety in Operation Fast and Furious,” Issa said. “Contrary to the denials of the Attorney General and his political defenders in Congress, the investigation found that information in wiretap applications approved by senior Justice Department officials in Washington did contain red flags showing reckless tactics and faults Attorney General Eric Holder’s inner circle for their conduct.”

“Former Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer who heads the Criminal Division, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein, Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke, and Holder’s own Deputy Chief of Staff Monty Wilkinson are all singled out for criticism in the report,” Issa added. ”It’s time for President Obama to step in and provide accountability for officials at both the Department of Justice and ATF who failed to do their jobs. Attorney General Holder has clearly known about these unacceptable failures yet has failed to take appropriate action for over a year and a half.”

Despite the fact that ATF and the DOJ are blamed for Fast and Furious, House oversight committee Democratic ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings and Holder issued statements claiming their innocence.

“The IG’s comprehensive report debunks many of the extreme allegations made by Republicans and confirms many of the conclusions reached in a report I issued nearly a year ago – that neither the Attorney General nor senior DOJ officials authorized or approved of gunwalking in Fast and Furious, that gunwalking started under the Bush Administration in 2006, and that ATF agents in Phoenix and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona share responsibility for misguided operations spanning five years,” Cummings said. “Although the report does not find that DOJ intentionally misled Congress, it does find that the Department could have done a better job responding to requests for information, particularly after determining that the weapons found at the scene at Agent Terry’s murder were linked to the operation. I hope this report provides the Terry family with much-needed answers and that Congress can now turn the page and focus on reforms to help ensure that this never happens again.”

“I have reviewed the Office of the Inspector General’s report on Operation Fast and Furious and the key conclusions are consistent with what I, and other Justice Department officials, have said for many months now,” Holder added in a lengthy statement.

In a statement announcing his resignation, Weinstein accuses the inspector general of wrongly identifying him as a high-ranking DOJ official responsible for Fast and Furious “[f]or reasons that are completely incomprehensible to me, and are based on considerations other than the evidence.”

“Nothing could be further from the truth,” Weinstein said. “In fact, I was the person who blew the whistle that gun-walking had taken place years earlier in the Operation Wide Receiver investigation and, on that basis, delivered a warning to high-ranking officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that such tactics were unacceptable. Against that background, the suggestion that I was insufficiently aggressive in ferreting out the truth about Fast and Furious is based on a complete distortion of the facts and reflects the application of perfect hindsight, as connections that were all too easily made by OIG investigators after the fact simply could not have been made by me or anyone else at Main Justice as the events were unfolding.”

Even so, Weinstein said he’s resigning to try to stop Fast and Furious, and his role in it, from remaining an “enormous distraction for the Criminal Division and Main Justice as a whole.”

Former acting ATF director Kenneth Melson – who Holder promoted into senior DOJ leadership after Fast and Furious first broke in the mainstream news – has resigned as a result of this report as well.

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