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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

November 17, 2014

By David S. Hilzenrath

Audit Faults State Dept’s Kabul Embassy Security Management



Kabul Embassy An audit by the State Department’s Inspector General found lapses in the Department’s oversight of a contract with Aegis Defense Services for protection of the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 14, 2014

By Lydia Dennett

Nuclear Contractor Used Taxpayer Dollars to Lobby for Taxpayer Dollars



Sandia National Laboratory The Department of Energy Inspector General has confirmed allegations that the contractor managing Sandia National Laboratory illegally used taxpayer dollars to lobby Department officials and Members of Congress for a contract extension.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 27, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

New Report of IG Concealment: Déjà Vu All Over Again?



Michael G. Carroll The Inspector General at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is in the hot seat over allegations of hiding negative findings. Recently, there have been a slew of recent reports about inspectors general who allegedly hid or edited negative

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Topics: Government Accountability

October 24, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Dead Air: TV Trucks Purchased for Afghanistan Never Used



TV Truck Taxpayers paid $3.6 million for television production vehicles donated to Afghanistan that have never been used.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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