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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

August 4, 2016

By Carter Salis

GAO Report Confirms DOE has Failed to Protect Whistleblowers



Black and White historic photo of the Hanford North Reactor from 1960. At a press conference earlier this month, Senators Markey, McCaskill, and Wyden commented on a new GAO report that details the ineffectiveness of whistleblower protections for contractor employees, and DOE’s infrequent use of its enforcement authority.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources

July 7, 2016

By Lexi Curnin

IG Shows Pantex Contractor Underreporting Maintenance Issues



Photograph of an aerial view of Pantex The Office of the Inspector General in the Department of Energy determined stronger federal oversight of the Pantex contractor is needed.

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

May 18, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

Contractor Gets Slap on the Wrist for Nuke Bomb Mix-up



B61 Bomb Rack The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) slammed the contractor managing two nuclear facilities, the Pantex Site and the Y-12 National Security Complex, in its annual review citing, among other things, a mistake with production of the B61-12 nuc

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Topics: National Security

May 17, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

Senate Raises Concerns Over Energy Watchdog Nominee’s Independence



Screen capture from IG nomination of Senator Ron Wyden Last week, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing to review Susan Beard, the current nominee for the Department of Energy Inspector General position. Several Senators, including Chairwoman Murkowski and Senator Wyden, questione

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Topics: Government Accountability, Energy and Natural Resources

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