Probe Finds No Improprieties In DOE Law Firm Hires

Law360, New York (August 30, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Energy's internal watchdog didn't discover anything inappropriate in the way the agency hired law firms to help with loan guarantee applications, but recommended greater transparency throughout the process, a report released Thursday said.

The DOE's Inspector General found that despite complaints alleging improprieties in the DOE's Loan Programs Office's selection of law firms and management of conflicts of interest, an investigation found the program already has appropriate procedures in place for identifying and disclosing conflicts of interest.

"Our inquiry did not substantiate...
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