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March 20, 2015

By David S. Hilzenrath

State Department Watchdog Didn’t Bark About Clinton Email



State Department The State Department Inspector General gathered data a year ago showing that few Department emails were being preserved as official records, but the internal watchdog did not release the report until Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account became a top story.

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 16, 2015

By Andre Francisco

VA Executive May Have Directed IG to Smear Employee



Veterans Affairs Seal The Inspectors General of the Treasury Department and the Veterans Affairs Department are battling it out over whether the VA IG retaliated against a former employee by issuing a report alleging the employee engaged in serious misconduct.

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Topics: Government Accountability

February 12, 2015

By Joe Newman

POGO’s Suggested Congressional Priorities and Legislative Reforms



Baker's Dozen Doughnu We’re calling it our “Baker’s Dozen,” a set of recommendations aimed at making the federal government more transparent, more accountable and more ethical.

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Topics: Government Accountability

February 3, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

Watchdogs Need to Bark About Their Recommendations



Wolf It is important for inspectors general throughout the federal government to track the status of their recommendations and the money recovered for U.S. taxpayers, and to raise a ruckus when their words fall on deaf ears at the agencies they oversee.

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Topics: Government Accountability

November 21, 2014

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Awaiting Answers from DOE IG on Whistleblower’s Accusations



whistleblowers2 The Department of Energy's Inspector General has yet to deliver answers about the firing of whistleblower Dr. James Doyle and the underlying ambiguous classification procedures used by DOE and its contractors.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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