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January 13, 2017

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Second Ethics Office Challenged



Walter Shaub Congress clashes with the Office of Government Ethics over handling of conflicts-of-interest issues involving the incoming administration and President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees.

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 3, 2017

By Lydia Dennett

Following Public Backlash House Members Drop Amendment to Gut Ethics Office



US Capitol in the evening in black and white Following public outcry and criticism from groups like POGO, the House reversed a previous decision to significantly weaken the independence of the Office of Congressional Ethics. Unfortunately the new rules for the 115th Congress did not include reforms t

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

December 14, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Watchdog Sheds New Light on Afghanistan Luxury Villas



Photograph of a Task Force villas in Kabul, included in 11/25/15 letter from Special Inspector General John Sopko to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter Sadly, new information about the Pentagon’s $150 million luxury villas in Afghanistan recently disclosed by SIGAR in a letter to Congress may be the final word on this controversial project.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

December 2, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

New Roadblock for Inspectors General Access to Information



Mounted clock on white wall Last minute concerns over the IG Empowerment Act of 2015 may delay necessary legislation until next Congress.

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Topics: Government Accountability

November 17, 2016

By Nicholas Pacifico

House Oversight Committee Takes Aim at Improper Payments



Black and white photo of a very messy desk. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a report detailing ineffectiveness of current improper payment system.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

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