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April 6, 2017

By Nick Schwellenbach

Advisors to the President Should Be Subject to Ethics Laws



Stephen Feinberg In a letter to White House Counsel, POGO urged the White House to make Stephen Feinberg and Carl Icahn subject to federal ethics laws given their vast conflicts of interest.

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 28, 2017

By Ari Goldberg

POGO's 2017 Baker’s Dozen Wishlist for Congress



Aerial U.S. Capitol Building The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has unveiled its biennial list of 13 policy areas ripe for Congressional action. It includes recommendations for legislative fixes to make the federal government more transparent, accountable, and ethical.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources, National Security, Public Health and Science, Contract Oversight

March 23, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Congress Seeks Pentagon Watchdog Probe of Aircraft Parts Supplier



Tech. Sgt. Shawn Merchant, a crew chief with the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, removes foreign object inspection mats from an F-15E Strike Eagle at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., on Dec. 15, 2010. The aircraft is assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing. On Monday, House Armed Services Committee member Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA) asked the Pentagon’s Inspector General to investigate potential misconduct by TransDigm, a key supplier of commercial and military aircraft components.

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

February 14, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Stormy Seas Ahead for US Shipbuilding Safety



USS John C. Stennis enters dry dock in 2013 on anovercast day at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard There’s an “unhealthy codependency” between the US Navy and Coast Guard and private shipbuilders, who thrive on federal contracts but neglect workplace safety. President Trump’s plan to expand the US fleet could put shipyard workers in even greater danger.

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Topics: National Security, Public Health and Science, Contract Oversight

December 14, 2016

By Mandy Smithberger

Overhaul of Littoral Combat Ship Program Likely to Increase Risks and Costs



Littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS1). U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez/ Released. The Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship program provides a step-by-step case study in acquisition failures and the costs and risks of unacceptable levels of concurrency. Moreover, it shows how Congress repeatedly failed to intervene despite warnings from independe

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Topics: National Security

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