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June 23, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Indicted GSA Official is a Blast from POGO’s Past



GSA Building 120 Bells went off when we saw that former GSA official Helen “Renee” Ballard was indicted for a fraud and nepotism scheme involving large federal contractor CACI. Flashback to 2006…

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Topics: Contract Oversight

February 10, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Divided Loyalty: Financial Industry Fights To Keep Its Interests Ahead of Investors'



IRA Retirement Taxes Calculator 120 It took almost six years, but the government is set to issue a rule that will increase transparency and accountability in financial advice given to retirement savers.

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Topics: Financial Sector, Contract Oversight

November 12, 2015

By David S. Hilzenrath

Drug Problems: Nominee to Head FDA Led Clinical Trial FDA Faulted



Robert Califf FDA Robert Califf, President Obama’s nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration, helped lead a clinical trial that was sharply criticized by FDA reviewers and outside advisors.

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Topics: Public Health and Science

July 23, 2015

By Lyndle Berryhill

DoD Reply to 2010 FOIA: Go to the Army



POGO's 2010 FOIA request After five years, POGO finally receives a FOIA response from the Department of Defense...sort of.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 23, 2015

By Daniel Shlien

Dodd-Frank Turns Five; Too Soon to Celebrate?



President Obama Signs Dodd Frank The Dodd-Frank Act turns five this week. POGO's review of the law's implementation at one agency shows that the anniversary is full of both promise and disappointment.

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Topics: Financial Sector

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