IC IG News

IC IG News


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Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats swore in Michael K. Atkinson as Inspector General of the Intelligence Community after the Senate confirmed his nomination the prior week. As Inspector General, Mr. Atkinson oversees a workforce of special agents, auditors, inspectors, attorneys, and support staff whose mission is to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration and implementation of programs and activities within the responsibility and authority of the Director of National Intelligence and to prevent and detect fraud and abuse in such programs and activities. He also serves as the Chair of the Intelligence Community Inspectors General Forum, which consists of the twelve inspectors general with oversight responsibility for elements of the Intelligence Community. The Forum serves as a mechanism for informing its members of the work of individual members of the Forum that may be of common interest and discussing questions that may involve or be of assistance to more than one of its members.

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.