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April 27, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

House Acquisition “Reform” Bill Guts Key Weapons Development Oversight Provisions



Acquisition Games thumbnail Weapon acquisition reform legislation under consideration in the House Armed Services committee will only increase risks and costs and hurt our future modernization efforts.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

April 23, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

SASC Votes Early and in the Dark on Opening NDAA



Open NDAA troops with plane The Senate Armed Services Committee voted to keep this year’s National Defense Authorization Act markup behind closed doors.

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Topics: Open Government

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 24, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

In Carter We Trust?



Tammy Duckworth on Contractor Spending Representative Duckworth wants more information about Defense Department efforts to hire the appropriate workforce and to use contractor inventories for budgetary and readiness purposes.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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

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