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June 9, 2016

By Carter Salis

NDAA Markups Continue Under a Veil of Secrecy



Senator John McCain and Senator Jack Reed The Senate Armed Service Committee continues to stymie transparency by holding NDAA markups in closed sessions. The Project On Government Oversight believes the Committee ought to permit the democratic process to unfold and move discussion of unclassified policy amendments to open sessions.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

April 27, 2016

By Nicholas Pacifico

DoD Proposes Increasing Employee Spending Limits



Credit card money cash spending The DoD recently proposed legislation to increase the micro-purchase threshold from $3,000 to $10,000. Past abuses of purchase cards highlight the risks of increasing this limit.

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Topics: Government Accountability

October 26, 2015

By Dan Grazier

President Obama Vetoes the NDAA over Slush Fund



Graphic with the word vetoed on it. President Obama made good on his promise to veto the National Defense Authorization Act, largely because of the use of the Overseas Contingency Operations account as a Pentagon slush fund.

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Topics: National Security

August 25, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

To Safeguard the Military, Congress Must Protect Whistleblowers



U.S. Army Soldiers Salute Far too often, whistleblowers are unfairly punished for their efforts to bring accountability to the armed services, and the systems in place to protect them are completely inadequate.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

July 13, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Why the NDAA is Much Bigger than Just the Defense Budget



Sen. John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Service Committee The annual behemoth defense spending bill has become the method of choice for a lot of elected officials to shuttle unpopular legislation through Congress in near secrecy.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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