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August 26, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

Watchdogs and Whistleblowers: A Progress Report



IG Ombudsman Many federal watchdogs have posted clear and comprehensive information about whistleblower protection ombudsmen on their websites, according to a review by the Project On Government Oversight. However, several watchdogs—most notably the Inspectors General at the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Agency for International Development—have done little to publicize their ombudsmen online, and may be missing an important opportunity to inform agency employees of their whistleblower rights.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

August 19, 2014

By Neil Gordon

DynCorp Sued for Overcharging Anti-Terrorism Program



Contract Oversight Last week, the public learned that DynCorp International is being sued for defrauding the Army on a narco-terrorism contract, the same contract on which a Pentagon audit found over $100 million in improper charges.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 28, 2014

By Michelle Li

House Committee Investigating Commerce IG Todd Zinser



Todd Zinser The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is conducting a bipartisan investigation into allegations that Department of Commerce Inspector General Todd Zinser has failed to discipline two of his closest aides, who were found to have intimidated employees that they perceived to be potential whistleblowers.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

July 21, 2014

By Max Johnson

Panelists at Urban Institute Discuss the Art of Watchdogging



Government Accountability POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian spoke on a panel at the Urban Institute about the role of government oversight watchdogs.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 8, 2014

By Neil Gordon

A Blatant Example of Pointless Government Secrecy



Photograph of An Afghan air force C-27A Spartan aircraft arrives at Kabul International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 20, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Smith/Released) For a blatant example of the Obama Administration's ludicrous secrecy practices, look no further than this 2013 Pentagon audit of a program to supply aircraft to Afghanistan.

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Topics: Open Government

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