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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

March 23, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Some Issues POGO Highlighted with OSC Fixed in House Bill



Office of Special Counsel Issues POGO raised in a 2008 report about the Office of Special Counsel were addressed in a recent House Bill.

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Topics: Open Government, Whistleblower Protections

October 20, 2015

By David S. Hilzenrath

FDA Approves Antidote for Pradaxa, Calls It “Necessary”



Blood Sample Scientist Lab Five years after approving the blood thinner Pradaxa without an antidote, the FDA approved an antidote and said it was “medically necessary” when bleeding “can’t be controlled."

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Topics: Public Health and Science

August 7, 2015

By Daniel Shlien

All Means All: Departments Must Stop Restricting OIG Access



Danielle Brian testifying at IG hearing - August 2015 When does “all” not mean “all”? Watchdogs throughout the federal government are confronting this question in the wake of new legal opinion at the Department of Justice.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 23, 2015

By Daniel Shlien

Dodd-Frank Turns Five; Too Soon to Celebrate?



President Obama Signs Dodd Frank The Dodd-Frank Act turns five this week. POGO's review of the law's implementation at one agency shows that the anniversary is full of both promise and disappointment.

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Topics: Financial Sector

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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.