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June 24, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

Watchdog Barks for Access to FBI Records



Screenshot of DOJ IG Michael Horowitz testifying. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is continuing to challenge the authority of the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General to access FBI records, according to an OIG report issued last week.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 17, 2015

By Lyndle Berryhill

ICYMI: Big News for Inspectors General (But Where’s the VA IG?)



Danielle Brian testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee There have been several important developments since the Project On Government Oversight’s Danielle Brian testified at a June 3 hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Inspector General vacancies and threats to IG independence.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 4, 2015

By Joe Newman

It was Past Time for Commerce Inspector General Todd Zinser to Go



Todd Zinser We’re happy to hear that Commerce Department Inspector General Todd Zinser saw the writing on the wall and has resigned. As the Project On Government Oversight and other groups said earlier this year, the fact that Zinser personally retaliated against a wh

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Topics: Government Accountability

May 14, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

Former Pentagon Acting IG Cashes In with No Accountability



Photo of Lynne Halbrooks Lynne Halbrooks, a former acting Inspector General at the Department of Defense, has managed to spin through the revolving door and secure a job with a major law firm that represents one of the top contractors overseen by her former agency.

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Topics: Government Accountability

April 30, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

SIGAR Warns of Drastic Drawdown in Afghanistan Oversight



Afghanistan Possible Oversight Access 2914 The U.S. has appropriated about $110 billion over 14 years attempting to rebuild Afghanistan, and $15 billion remains unspent as of March 2015. But there may not be enough watchdogs left to adequately oversee how the remaining money is spent, according to testimony prepared by John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

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