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March 26, 2015

By Jacob Marx

The Pentagon’s Wartime Slush Fund



National Security 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.

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Topics: National Security

March 23, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

SANE Act Reintroduced; Would Save Taxpayers Tens of Billions



B61 Bomb Rack The reintroduced SANE Act, if passed, would save taxpayers an estimated $100 billion dollars over the next 10 years, in part by implementing reforms that POGO has been advocating for years.

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Topics: National Security

March 20, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

The Senate Should Let the Sun Shine on the NDAA



Government Accountability Holding debates and markups in secret is the antithesis of open government, and the Senate Armed Services Committee should consider opening up its doors to the public.

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Topics: National Security

February 12, 2015

By Joe Newman

POGO’s Suggested Congressional Priorities and Legislative Reforms



Baker's Dozen Doughnu We’re calling it our “Baker’s Dozen,” a set of recommendations aimed at making the federal government more transparent, more accountable and more ethical.

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Topics: Government Accountability

February 3, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Our $1 Trillion National Security Budget



Aerial photograph of the Penatgon. Below is an assessment of the total national security spending budget, including $417.4 billion not typically discussed as part of our national defense budget proposal.

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Topics: National Security

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