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Investigative Summaries

The investigative summaries listed below, by closing date, include the following types of closed investigations: (1) investigations of employees at the GS-15 level or above in which we found misconduct, no federal prosecution resulted, and we referred the matter to the General Services Administration for administrative discipline proceedings; and (2) investigations that are high profile in nature or otherwise of significant public interest in which we found misconduct and no federal prosecution resulted.


The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requires government contractors to disclose credible evidence of violations of federal criminal law under Title 18 of the United States Code and the False Claims Act to agencies’ OIGs. As disclosures are made to our office, we examine each one and make a determination as to what actions, if any, are warranted. Below is a table of FAR disclosure cases the Office of Investigations closed between April 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017.

 

A GSA OIG investigation determined that former GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth retaliated against a complainant for making protected disclosures.

A complainant disclosed concerns of violations of law, gross mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, and abuse of authority to former Administrator Roth, the former Deputy Administrator, the former General Counsel, and the OIG. The complainant alleged reprisal for making these disclosures.

GSA OIG special agents recovered a New Deal era print commissioned by the Works Progress Administration, "Down by the Run" by Michael Gallagher, after learning the print was for sale on eBay by an antiques store in New York.

A GSA OIG postaward audit found that a contractor overcharged the federal government for armoring packages. The contractor agreed to pay GSA $30,000 to resolve the allegations.

GSA OIG special agents recovered several pieces of New Deal era artwork commissioned under the Works Progress Administration (WPA), including two wood carvings by Robert Kiose, “Christopher Columbus” and “Juan Bautista Anza,” and an oil painting by Arthur Cane, “Desert South of Indio.” The artwork is currently on loan to the Riverside Unified School District.

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requires government contractors to disclose credible evidence of violations of federal criminal law under Title 18 of the United States Code and the False Claims Act to agencies’ OIGs.  As disclosures are made to our office, we examine each one and make a determination as to what actions, if any, are warranted.  Below is a table of FAR disclosure cases the Office of Investigations closed between January 1, 2017 and March 31, 2017.

GSA OIG special agents recovered a New Deal era lithograph commissioned by the Works Progress Administration, “Railroad Watchman” by Anne Michalov, after learning that the lithograph was being sold at an online auction by Goodwill Industries of South Central Wisconsin.

GSA OIG received allegations that vehicle maintenance facility Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, had been overcharging GSA for vehicle maintenance work in violation of a service agreement GSA had with the facility.  An investigation found that GSA had been overcharged for oil changes performed there.  GSA billed the Letterkenny Army Depot for approximately $31,000 and terminated its service agreement.

During January 2017, four New Deal art recovery investigative cases were closed:

  • Special agents recovered the New Deal era oil painting, “Abstraction #6” by Adolph Frederick Reinhardt, from Sotheby’s in New York after learning that that a former art chairman at a high school had taken the painting home approximately 50 years ago when the school building was being renovated.

  • Special agents recovered the New Deal era oil painting, , “Africa” by Archibald Motley, after receiving a hotline tip from a complainant about the painting in their uncle’s estate.

FAR disclosure cases the Office of Investigations closed between October 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

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