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Project on Government Oversight

Michelle Li

Intern

Watchdogs and Whistleblowers: A Progress Report

August 26, 2014

Many federal watchdogs have posted clear and comprehensive information about whistleblower protection ombudsmen on their websites, according to a review by the Project On Government Oversight. However, several watchdogs—most notably the Inspectors General at the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Agency for International Development—have done little to publicize their ombudsmen online, and may be missing an important opportunity to inform agency employees of their whistleblower rights.

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Fight Human Trafficking, Improve Worker Visa Program

August 4, 2014

Members of Congress introduce bill to fight human trafficking by improving the foreign worker visa program.

House Committee Investigating Commerce IG Todd Zinser

July 28, 2014

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is conducting a bipartisan investigation into allegations that Department of Commerce Inspector General Todd Zinser has failed to discipline two of his closest aides, who were found to have intimidated employees that they perceived to be potential whistleblowers.

President Obama Must Seek Resignation of NRC’s Magwood

July 22, 2014

POGO wrote to President Obama urging him to seek NRC Commissioner William Magwood's immediate resignation in light of the Commissioner's acceptance of the head job for a pro-industry association. Magwood has stated his intent to stay on at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for an undisclosed amount of time. His new job begins in September.

DoD IG Reviews Federal Program to Combat Human Trafficking

June 24, 2014

The DoD Inspector General has released a report on the Combating Trafficking in Persons program, which is meant to implement the DoD's zero-tolerance policy regarding human trafficking.