Today in accountability news:

  • The Project on Government Oversight blog reports that contractors are fighting against the government's attempt to avoid contracting work that can be done in-house. They're fighting it with lobbying, and now also with litigation.
  • The Defense Department is investigating a former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan who is suspected of grossly mismanaging a Pentagon-funded research center, reports Foreign Policy.
  • The Huffington Post: President Obama's foreclosure-prevention program has not done enough for homeowners and will likely fail, according to a new report by the Office of the Special Inspector General.
  • Regulators discover mortgage disclosure violations by CitiFinancial, reports The Washington Post. The consumer finance unit of Citigroup will pay $1.25 million in penalties for what it's calling a "reporting error."
  • Reuters reports on an underground global empire of cybercriminals making millions off producing computer viruses that scam unsuspecting victims.

These stories are part of our ongoing roundup of investigations from other news outlets. For more, visit our Investigations Elsewherepage.