Scott Higham

ReporterWashington, D.C.


Authorities charged the official with steering contracts to an Afghan subcontractor as part of an agricultural program funded by USAID.

  • Dec 22, 2014

Agency’s deputy inspector general will retire in wake of claims that his office altered negative audit reports

  • Dec 8, 2014

In new interviews, several women who have accused the cultural icon speak about alleged incidents from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

  • Nov 22, 2014

Coburn is examining claims that USAID’s acting inspector general removed negative findings from audit reports.

  • Nov 12, 2014

Auditors and employees have complained about negative findings being stricken from agency audits.

  • Oct 22, 2014

More than half of IRD’s separation agreements contain clauses that violate federal whistleblower laws.

  • Jul 31, 2014

Some fear the programs designed to stop government leaks may also keep employees from reporting problems.

  • Jul 23, 2014

Whistleblower groups charge that corporations are seeking to silence employees who might report fraud.

  • Jul 18, 2014

Secrecy agreements create chilling effect for whistleblowers who want to report waste, abuse and fraud.

  • Jun 29, 2014

The inspector general demands the identities of IRD employees who signed confidentiality agreements.

  • May 21, 2014
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Scott Higham is a member of the investigations unit of The Washington Post. Since joining The Post, he has examined the deaths of foster children, waste and fraud in Homeland Security contracts, the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib, and conflicts of interest on Capitol Hill. The foster care project received the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism grand prize. The Abu Ghraib project was a Pulitzer finalist for national reporting. Higham and his colleague Sari Horwitz also examined the murder of Washington intern Chandra Levy. That 13-part series led to the arrest of the true killer in the case and became the basis for a book, “Finding Chandra: A True Washington Murder Mystery,” which was named as a finalist for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America.

Before joining The Post, Higham worked for the Allentown Morning Call, the Baltimore Sun and the Miami Herald, where he handled government beats, criminal courts and investigative assignments. He is a graduate of Stony Brook University and the Columbia University School of Journalism.
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