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Jacob Marx

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POGO Letter to Conferees on the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act

June 25, 2015

In a letter to the Senate and House Armed Services Committee, POGO outlines key acquisition reform policies, wasteful defense spending in conventional and nuclear weapons and MOX, support for close air support and the A-10, and oversight over risky weapon programs like the littoral combat ship (LCS) and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Whistleblowers Call for Inquiry into LANL Employee’s Death

February 2, 2016

Nuclear Watch New Mexico and former investigators at a U.S. nuclear weapons lab seek to reopen the case of the death of former Deputy Director for Operations Richard Burick before competition begins on a new lab contract.

Nuke Year Resolutions

January 20, 2016

This year POGO has a resolution for the Department of Energy: stop wasting money on flawed nuclear construction projects at the Hanford Site and the Savannah River Site.

Once Upon a Time in Los Alamos

January 12, 2016

In a new book, Los Alamos: A Whistleblower’s Diary: Secret Colony, Hidden Truths, Chuck Montano, a former auditor at Los Alamos National Lab (LANL), raises a number of questions about an alleged suicide near the premises.

Safety Board Slams Pantex for Lax Emergency Preparedness

December 14, 2015

Pantex's disaster preparedness problems include a lack of training for staff, poor communication with public safety personnel, and inefficient decision-making tools for emergencies.

Nuclear Weapons Complex Misconduct by the Numbers

December 14, 2015

POGO's recently re-launched Federal Contractor Misconduct Database sheds new light on waste, fraud, and abuse by nuclear weapons complex contractors.

Energy Lab Commission Appeals for More Trust, Less Oversight

November 10, 2015

The recommendations of the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories are unlikely to improve governance of DOE's most troubled labs.

Why Don’t DOE and NNSA Have Enough Money?

September 17, 2015

When a government watchdog reports that the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) isn’t repairing its buildings, or is using obsolete fire safety equipment, or has broken security sensors “safeguarding” radioactive stockpiles, the NNSA’s answer is always the same: We don’t have enough money.

Massive Worker Strike at Pantex Should Ring Alarms in DC

September 11, 2015

A worker strike at Pantex is threatening the safety and security of America's nuclear weapons, and raising questions about the Department of Energy's priorities.

Y-12 Drops the Ball on Security Upgrades

September 9, 2015

Despite a high-profile break-in and $50 million in new equipment, security systems at Y-12 are still "'so poor that both current project management and a consulting team of subject matter experts determined the need for extensive reengineering.'"

Can Bechtel Get the Job Done at the Hanford Site?

September 2, 2015

A report leaked to watchdog Hanford Challenge suggests that after 25 years and $19 billion, DOE and Bechtel National Inc may not be any closer to processing radioactive waste at the Hanford Site.

Lockheed Gets Off Far Too Easy for Illegal Lobbying

August 24, 2015

Lockheed Martin has been fined over $750 million for contract mismanagement in the last decade, but continues to show little regard for the rules.

NNSA: Not Our Fault if Nuclear Weapons Labs Catch Fire

August 24, 2015

A new report from the Department of Energy says old fire suppressions systems could be putting nuclear weapons facilities at risk of fire or explosion.

What Will Modernizing the Nuclear Weapons Complex Cost?

August 17, 2015

A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the nuclear weapons complex reveals incomplete cost estimates for major projects, large fluctuations in the budget, inadequate funding for overdue maintenance, and poor data on critical facilities.

Application of FOIA in Army Case Leaves Much to be Desired

July 1, 2015

U.S. Central Command is misusing the Freedom of Information Act to hide a report on war crimes in Afghanistan.

Defense Officials Reject Rosy Cost Estimates

June 29, 2015

The Department of Defense says nuclear spending could reach about 7 percent of its budget, exceeding some outside estimates.

Is the Pentagon Crying Wolf over Its Budget?

June 17, 2015

Recent reports from the CRS and GAO raise questions about the Pentagon's response to sequestration.

Retired Four-Star Defends Post’s A-10 Treason Comments

June 8, 2015

According to the former commander of U.S. Air Force Europe, whistleblowers should "depart service."

Senate Questions Littoral Combat Ship Upgrades

June 4, 2015

Congress and independent evaluators, including the Project On Government Oversight, have long had concerns about the Littoral Combat Ship’s mission and ability to survive in combat.

Special Shipbuilding Fund is Reckless and Unaffordable

May 12, 2015

Allowing the Navy to spend outside its budget will erode accountability across the Pentagon.

Historical Lessons for Air Force’s New Bomber

May 4, 2015

Recent Air Force acquisition failures should guide acquisition and oversight of the Long Range Strike Bomber.

Accountability Nowhere to be Found on Missile Defense

April 27, 2015

Authorizers should ask tough questions in the wake of ongoing Missile Defense failures.

Major Concerns Unaddressed as Lobbyists Battle for New Stealth Bomber

April 16, 2015

It's still early, but the Long Range Strike Bomber shows signs of exaggerated capabilities, unrealistic costs, and political engineering.

The Pentagon’s Wartime Slush Fund

March 26, 2015

It’s called the Overseas Contingency Operations Account, or OCO, and it’s the Pentagon’s warfighting fund. Or at least it’s supposed to be. Instead, it has become a slush fund for Pentagon programs that have no connection to our war efforts.

Party Like It’s 2007: IG Blasts Fannie Mae over Risk Management

March 12, 2015

Failing to change the culture and quality of risk auditing could cause Fannie Mae to repeat the mistakes of the financial crisis.

Lawmaker Who Scrutinized Influence of Lobbyists Joins Family Lobbying Firm

February 25, 2015

Former Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) is joining his son Michael at the family's consulting firm, Waxman Strategies, Politico reports.