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April 12, 2017

By Mia Steinle

What’s the Best Way to Secure the Border?



To the right lies Tijuana, Baja California, and on the left is San Diego, California. The building in the foreground on the San Diego side is a sewage treatment plant built to clean the Tijuana River. The Senate and Department of Homeland Security agree the U.S. needs to secure its southern border. But a big question remains: how?

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Topics: National Security

March 28, 2017

By Ari Goldberg

POGO's 2017 Baker’s Dozen Wishlist for Congress



Aerial U.S. Capitol Building The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has unveiled its biennial list of 13 policy areas ripe for Congressional action. It includes recommendations for legislative fixes to make the federal government more transparent, accountable, and ethical.

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

March 23, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Congress Seeks Pentagon Watchdog Probe of Aircraft Parts Supplier



Tech. Sgt. Shawn Merchant, a crew chief with the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, removes foreign object inspection mats from an F-15E Strike Eagle at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., on Dec. 15, 2010. The aircraft is assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing. On Monday, House Armed Services Committee member Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA) asked the Pentagon’s Inspector General to investigate potential misconduct by TransDigm, a key supplier of commercial and military aircraft components.

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

March 6, 2017

By Mark Thompson

Military Industrial Circus: What I’ve learned covering the military for 40 years



President Donald J. Trump passes through the ceremonial rainbow sideboys upon his departure from the aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford In his inaugural column, Mark Thompson, national security analyst for the CDI Straus Military Reform Project, talks about covering the military. "Scant public interest yields ceaseless wars to nowhere."

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Topics: National Security

February 14, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Stormy Seas Ahead for US Shipbuilding Safety



USS John C. Stennis enters dry dock in 2013 on anovercast day at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard There’s an “unhealthy codependency” between the US Navy and Coast Guard and private shipbuilders, who thrive on federal contracts but neglect workplace safety. President Trump’s plan to expand the US fleet could put shipyard workers in even greater danger.

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Topics: National Security, Public Health and Science, Contract Oversight

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