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March 26, 2018

By Peter Tyler

Shortsighted on Oversight



Department of Justice Inspector General, Michael E. Horowitz, in front of a recent tweet by President Trump. The President’s tweeted criticism of the Department of Justice Inspector General’s involvement in an investigation into possible wrongdoing by agency officials, and Congressional calls for an additional special counsel, show the need for more understanding

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

November 20, 2017

By Peter Tyler

Inspector General Empowerment Act Passage Already Helping Our Federal Watchdogs



Magnifying glass with cash Leaders from the Inspector General community testified before Congress last week on challenges facing these key federal watchdogs, and laid out recommendations that would allow improved oversight of federal programs and spending.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

November 17, 2017

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Whitefish Exposes Contracts Lacking Oversight Teeth



Cleanup after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico Whitefish Energy’s controversial contract to restore power in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico highlights systemic federal contracting problems.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 13, 2017

By Daniel Van Schooten

POGO Applauds New White House Policy Statement



The White House The Trump Administration has rightly criticized several bad provisions in the House NDAA bill including funding the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, blocking Base Realignment and Closure, misusing the Overseas Contingency Operations fund, and limitin

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Topics: Government Accountability, Energy and Natural Resources, National Security, Contract Oversight

June 20, 2017

By Daniel Van Schooten

Letting Contractors Pick Their Own Auditors is a Bad Idea



Man in a military uniform removing folders from a filing cabinet A new law lets contractors hire their own auditors, despite history that shows it can come at the expense of independent oversight.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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