(October 18-19, 2018)  Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (ICIG) Michael K. Atkinson joined other senior officials from the United States government, the European Commission, and European data protection authorities in Brussels for the second annual review of the EU-US Privacy Shield framework.  Operational since August 1, 2016, the framework regulates, facilitates, and protects personal data transferred from the European Union to the United States for commercial purposes.  Privacy Shield’s terms are required to be reviewed every year.

The Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (ICIG) today released an Inspections and Evaluations report examining the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) programs of six Intelligence Community (IC) agencies.  FOIA programs receive and process requests from the public to access information from the federal government. The programs reviewed in the report are those of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), National Security Agency (NSA), and Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

The Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (ICIG) joined a global effort to promote anti-fraud awareness and education November 11-17.  ICIG’s leadership and staff members, which included certified fraud examiners, provided prevention tips and reporting techniques during a workforce outreach event at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence headquarters building in McLean, Virginia.  The event was hosted in conjunction with International Fraud Awareness Week which is sponsored by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

A former Lawrence Livermore Research Scientist was sentenced to 18 months in prison for submitting false data and reports to defraud the U.S. This case was prosecuted by the Special Prosecutions and National Security Unit at the United States Attorney’s Office and the result of an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Energy and the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community.

The Inspectors General (IG) of the Intelligence Community (IC), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today issued their report examining the U.S. government’s handling and sharing of information prior to the Boston Marathon bombings. The full report is classified. An unclassified summary of the report also has been released. Based on all the information gathered during our coordinated review, we believe the FBI, CIA, DHS, and NCTC generally shared information, and followed procedures appropriately.

In July 2012, the McClatchy Company published articles claiming, among other things, that the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) violated Federal law by not reporting admissions of potential crimes that individuals made during NRO-administered polygraph examinations. The Director NRO, and subsequently Senator Charles E. Grassley, requested an IG review of NRO’s crimes reporting process.  NRO IG recused themselves due to their role in the crimes reporting process and the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (IC IG) conducted the review.