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July 30, 2015

By Joe Newman

Failures at the VA Expose "Oversight at Its Worst," POGO Tells Senate Panel



Danielle Brian testifies before a Senate panel POGO’s investigation into abuses within the VA uncovered many whistleblowers who said they were afraid to approach the VA Office of Inspector General (IG) because of the VA’s toxic culture of retaliation and intimidation

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

July 24, 2015

By Danielle Brian

Department of Justice’s Decision Undercuts, Weakens Federal Watchdogs



U.S. Capitol IGs cannot be effective watchdogs on behalf of Congress and the American public if they have to negotiate with agency leaders for access to records on a case-by-case basis.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 24, 2015

By Daniel Shlien

Watching the Watchdogs: GAO Finds Problems with Commerce IG



Todd Zinser A recent GAO report highlights deficiencies of the Commerce Department's Office of Inspector General under the former IG.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 21, 2015

By Danielle Brian

We’re Not Impressed with DoD Inspector General’s Lackluster Investigation of Navy Officials



Navy Admiral John Richardson Unfortunately we're not surprised to find that the Department of Defense Inspector General did not hold senior Pentagon officials accountable.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 2, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

The VA’s Office of Inspector General Has No Clothes



Danielle Brian testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee The Veterans Affairs Inspector General tries to defend its poor performance when it should be trying to find solutions to its problems.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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The Congressional Management Foundation offers the Gold Mouse Awards annually to members of Congress who make the most of the opportunity the digital world offers them. POGO spoke with members of Rep. Mike Honda's communications team about their award.