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September 26, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Intelligence Community Encouraging Speaking Truth to Power



Office building corridor, lit darkly, with men talking in presumably hushed tones In a new initiative to incentivize certain kinds of whistleblowing, the U.S. intelligence community announced a new awards program for reporting wrongdoing through appropriate channels. This commitment to encouraging whistleblowing is much welcomed after t

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, National Security

September 20, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Busting the Myth of Whistleblower Protections for IC Contractors



Edward Snowden Wired Magazine Cover on News Stand 8/2014 by Mike Mozart on Flickr There is one undeniable fact surrounding Snowden’s circumstances that has been misreported by Congress and the Executive Branch far too many times: the Intelligence Community (IC) contractor would have had almost no protections had he come forward through proper channels.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, National Security

August 18, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

POGO’s 2016 Summer Reading List



Girl sitting on a lawn reading a good government book like the ones chosen each summer by POGO Summer is coming to an end but there’s still time to reenergize yourself with a book that matters! Take your pick of the latest books on nuclear policy, national security, or government oversight (or in some cases, lack thereof.)

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources, National Security, Financial Sector, Public Health and Science, Contract Oversight

July 14, 2016

By Daniel Grossman

Security Clearances Drop but Intelligence Problems Remain



Photograph of a folder with the words Top Secret stamped on it. The number of intelligence personnel eligible for security clearances decreased from Fiscal Year 2014 to 2015, which demonstrates a positive step in consolidating and coordinating the intelligence community’s national security efforts. However, there are s

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

May 2, 2016

By Neil Gordon

CIA Watchdog Finds Abuses in Use of Independent Contractors



CIA Headquarters A newly released Inspector General audit found the CIA broke the law in its hiring and managing its independent contractors. The agency might also have overpaid for the services.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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