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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.

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Inspector General of the Intelligence Community Michael K. Atkinson recently issued a statement on the need for oversight authorities to stay current with the transformative powers of cognitive technologies, particularly artificial intelligence (AI). In the Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community’s September 2018 - March 2019 Semiannual Report to Congress, Inspector General Atkinson made the following observations on the subject of AI.

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Inspector General of the Intelligence Community Michael K. Atkinson is pleased to announce the release of the most recent Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community’s (ICIG) Semiannual Report to Congress. This is the second Semiannual Report Inspector General Atkinson has submitted, and the first that includes a full six-month reporting period since he was confirmed by the United States Senate in May 2018.