Category Archives: OIG investigations

How an OIG Investigation Becomes a Criminal Investigation

The following excerpt is from our upcoming e-book, A Guide to OIG Investigations for Federal Employees and Contractors. It’s filled with all sorts of useful information on the OIG investigations. We chose this excerpt in light of recent news about … Continue reading

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OIG Investigations – Why Lawyers and Federal Employees Should Both Worry (Part IV)

By Dan Portnov If you’re a federal employee or individual under investigation by an Office of Inspector General, waiting for an update or some sign of progress from the OIG can be agonizing. As we’ve written before,[1] OIG policies and … Continue reading

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Jeffrey Epstein is Dead. Now What?

By Dan Portnov (photo from USAToday.com) In perhaps the biggest news story of a slow August, Jeffrey Epstein apparently hung himself in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Manhattan early Saturday morning.[1] Epstein’s suicide launched multiple conspiracy … Continue reading

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Investigating the Investigators: Highlights from Recent DOJ OIG Investigations

By Dan Portnov Office of Inspector General investigations don’t always make the news. After all, no one ends up in jail or paying back billions of dollars in ill-gotten gains as a result (usually). However, one federal agency’s OIG seems … Continue reading

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What is the STOCK Act?

By Dan Portnov Occasionally we work on cases or investigations that involve highly wonky subject matter – stuff that only lawyers or legislators would know and care about. One of those recent matters touched on the Stop Trading on Congressional … Continue reading

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A (Small) Victory in a Battle With OIG

By Dan Portnov As readers of Grand Jury Target know, we have a healthy respect for the various Offices of Inspector General (see here, here and here). OIG investigations can lead to serious consequences and, to add further anxiety, much … Continue reading

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OIG Investigations – Why Lawyers and Federal Employees Should Both Worry (Part III)

By Dan Portnov We have written on several occasions[1] about OIG investigations on this blog, chiefly because a) their opacity creates a certain mystique, and b) we hope to minimize the chances that their targets underestimate the seriousness of what … Continue reading

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OIG Investigations – Why Lawyers and Clients Should Both Worry (Part II)

By Dan Portnov Last week, Sara wrote about Liff v. Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Dep’t of Labor, et al., a government contractor’s unsuccessful suit against the Department of Labor and its Office of Inspector General (OIG) for … Continue reading

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Fighting Back Against OIG Investigations (But Losing)

By Sara Kropf Office of Inspector General—or OIG—investigations can have wide reaching consequences. I’ve written before about the lack of procedural fairness surrounding these investigations. Now, you might think that OIG investigations affect only federal agency employees, but that’s not … Continue reading

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OIG Investigations – Why Lawyers and Clients Should Both Worry

On first glance, investigations by a federal agency’s Office of Inspector General, or OIG, may seem like no big deal. An inspector general has no criminal authority. He can’t charge you with a crime or throw you in jail. He … Continue reading

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