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September 26, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Intelligence Community Encouraging Speaking Truth to Power



Office building corridor, lit darkly, with men talking in presumably hushed tones In a new initiative to incentivize certain kinds of whistleblowing, the U.S. intelligence community announced a new awards program for reporting wrongdoing through appropriate channels. This commitment to encouraging whistleblowing is much welcomed after t

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, National Security

September 20, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Busting the Myth of Whistleblower Protections for IC Contractors



Edward Snowden Wired Magazine Cover on News Stand 8/2014 by Mike Mozart on Flickr There is one undeniable fact surrounding Snowden’s circumstances that has been misreported by Congress and the Executive Branch far too many times: the Intelligence Community (IC) contractor would have had almost no protections had he come forward through proper channels.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, National Security

September 12, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

LISTEN: The Case against Unlimited Pentagon Spending



Pentagon General Begging POGO’s Dan Grazier explains the problems with the current bloated Pentagon budget on the Steele & Ungar show following the comments of presidential candidate Donald Trump about ending the sequester on defense spending.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

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 19, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

Foreign Influence Becomes Hot Issue on US Campaign Trail



Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Controversy over former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s ties to Russia, Ukraine, and DC lobbyists highlights problems with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Meanwhile, the Clinton campaign is dogged by questions about relationships

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Topics: Open Government, National Security

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