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October 9, 2014

By David S. Hilzenrath

Inspector General’s Role in Secret Service Scandal has Familiar Ring



Secret Service Allegations that an inspector general probe into the Secret Service prostitution scandal was subverted and its findings suppressed to protect the Obama Administration from political fallout have a ring of déjà vu.

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Topics: Government Accountability

September 25, 2014

By Jessica Murphy

Hill Encourages DoD IG to Protect Contractor Whistleblowers



National Security A bipartisan group of Members of Congress sent a letter chastising the DoD Office of Inspector General for having an “extremely limited definition of Department of Defense personnel to whom contractor and subcontractor employees may make protected disclosu

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

September 18, 2014

By Jessica Murphy

Millions Wasted on Communication Towers in Afghanistan



Communications Tower at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan (Photo: DOD) Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction reports wasteful spending by the Department of State on underused communication towers across Afghanistan.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

September 15, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

SIGAR Tells Fellow Watchdogs to Shout from the Rooftops



Gene Aloise All too often, federal watchdogs find alarming evidence of government malfeasance, only to bury their findings in reports that are dense, hidden, or redacted. Thankfully, at least one Inspector General recognizes the value of publicity, and is urging other

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Topics: Government Accountability

September 4, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

Watchdogs Publish More Information on Whistleblower Rights



USAID Ombudsman Last week, POGO raised concerns that some federal watchdogs were not posting enough information online for agency employees who have questions about blowing the whistle. We’re happy to report that a few watchdog offices are now taking steps to remedy the s

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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