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August 24, 2016

By Daniel Grossman

To Be or Not To Be (Contracted Out)



To Be or Not To Be Contracted Out: SAIC job announcement posted on Glassdoor. While reviewing listings for federal government contractor jobs, the Project On Government Oversight was reminded of the confusion surrounding inherently governmental functions. Multiple definitions of this term have made it somewhat ambiguous and in need of consistency.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

August 18, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

POGO’s 2016 Summer Reading List



Girl sitting on a lawn reading a good government book like the ones chosen each summer by POGO Summer is coming to an end but there’s still time to reenergize yourself with a book that matters! Take your pick of the latest books on nuclear policy, national security, or government oversight (or in some cases, lack thereof.)

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

August 18, 2016

By Nicholas Pacifico

POGO: DHS Should Follow Justice Dept., End Reliance on Private Prisons



Prison cells The Department of Homeland Security should follow the Justice Department’s lead and shut down its network of private prisons.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

August 12, 2016

By Lexi Curnin

DOT Turns to POGO Data for Contractor Cost Corroboration



Department of Transportation 50th Anniversary Seal The Department of Transportation noted the high cost of service contractors in a recent rule and cited data from a POGO report on the subject to support the agency’s cost analysis.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

July 14, 2016

By Daniel Grossman

Security Clearances Drop but Intelligence Problems Remain



Photograph of a folder with the words Top Secret stamped on it. The number of intelligence personnel eligible for security clearances decreased from Fiscal Year 2014 to 2015, which demonstrates a positive step in consolidating and coordinating the intelligence community’s national security efforts. However, there are s

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

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Fly Before You Buy: Tom Christie on Realistic Combat Testing

The Project On Government Oversight's Dan Grazier recently sat down with Tom Christie, a former Director of Operational Test & Evaluation at the DoD from 2001-2005, to talk about the critical need for realistic combat testing before the Pentagon buys new weapons.