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The Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, Michael K. Atkinson, announces the recoupment of $229,497 to the United States Treasury resulting from a substantiated labor mischarging investigation conducted by the Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (ICIG).

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The Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (ICIG) is hosting an event to celebrate National Whistleblower Appreciation Day on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at the Intelligence Community Campus Bethesda (ICC-B). National Whistleblower Appreciation Day celebrates America’s first whistleblower law, passed unanimously by the Continental Congress on July 30, 1778, and acknowledges the contributions of whistleblowers in combating waste, fraud, abuse, and violations of laws and regulations of the United States. The United States Senate passed a resolution designating July 30th as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. National Whistleblower Appreciation Day seeks to inform employees, contractors working on behalf of the United States taxpayers, and members of the public about the legal right of a U.S. citizen to “blow the whistle” to the appropriate authority by honest and good faith reporting of misconduct, fraud, or abuse.

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Eghbal “Eddie” Saffarinia, a former Assistant Inspector General for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General, was charged in a seven-count indictment, returned on June 26, 2019, with engaging in a scheme to conceal material facts, making false statements, and falsification of records.


An indictment is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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The Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (ICIG) sponsored an Intelligence Community Procurement Audit Summit hosted by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Office of Inspector General (OIG) to provide insight on emerging issues and promote discussion on strategies to improve procurement audit approaches. Auditors from ICIG, CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and National Security Agency (NSA) attended the Summit.

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At the annual coordination meeting between the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), Inspector General of the Intelligence Community Michael K. Atkinson discussed the current challenges related to security clearance processing and the contributions various Offices of Inspectors Generals (OIGs) are making to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the process. As the Security Executive Agent for the Executive Branch, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) has government-wide responsibility to develop, implement, and oversee effective, efficient, and uniform policies and procedures for security clearance and sensitive national security position investigations and adjudications. Last year an official with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced the implementation of a new initiative entitled, Trusted Workforce 2.0, which “convene[d] leaders in government and the private sector ‘to identify and establish a new set of policy standards that will transform the U.S. government’s approach to vetting its workforce, overhaul the enterprise business processes, and modernize information technology.’”

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Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats visited the Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (ICIG) to address the workforce and receive brief summaries of some of the projects currently being conducted by the organization.