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September 30, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

POGO and Others Oppose “Trojan Horse” Office for VA Whistleblowers



Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington DC The Project On Government Oversight, Government Accountability Project, Senior Executives Association, and Public Citizen oppose a Senate measure that could harm Veterans Affairs whistleblowers.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

September 30, 2016

By Neil Gordon

IRS Gears Up for Third Try at Outsourced Tax Collection



Photograph of a Form 1040 and one hundred dollar bills laying on top of it. Will the IRS’s newest attempt to use debt collection companies to recover delinquent taxes succeed where two previous efforts failed? Early indications are not promising.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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 21, 2016

By Ari Goldberg

Must-Read: “What Congress Is Actually Good at” (The Atlantic)



U.S. Capitol POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian tells The Atlantic there are many examples of Congress conducting good oversight investigations under the radar.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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

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