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February 27, 2018

By Rebecca Jones

Government Prison Contracts Gamble with Taxpayer Dollars



The US flag behind a tangle of barbed wire. The Justice Department is implementing President Trump’s promise to bring back private prison contracts, ignoring its own Inspector General’s recommendations.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Contract Oversight

January 31, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Justice Department Plan to Weed Out “Frivolous” Whistleblower Cases May Do More Harm than Good



Whistleblower retaliation target This month, the Department of Justice formally issued its new policy of more aggressively seeking to throw out False Claims Act lawsuits it deems “frivolous” or “meritless.” POGO explains why this is a bad idea.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

December 21, 2017

By Danielle Brian

Keeping the Independence of the Special Counsel: The President Should Support—Not Interfere With—Investigations Into His Administration



Robert Mueller Attempting to influence or shut down the Special Counsel, an authorized, independent law enforcement investigation, undermines a cornerstone foundation upon which America was built: that we are a nation based on laws, not merely subjective decisions of se

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

November 13, 2017

By Amelia Strauss

Some Agencies Yet to Implement IT Oversight Reforms, GAO Reports



Person holding a magnifying glass over a computer with code The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report assessing implementation of reforms meant to reduce waste in federal agency IT investment.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Agency Rulemaking

October 12, 2017

By Amelia Strauss

Customs and Border Protection Officer Punished for Reporting Wrongdoing



US Customs and Border Protection agents await a bus for inspection. A Customs and Border Protection Officer who tried to report concerns of racial profiling and Fourth Amendment violations faced resistance and punishment from supervisors.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

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