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August 25, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Rules Set for October Launch

President Barack Obama signs legislation in the Oval Office, Dec. 22, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) The Obama Administration has released final regulations and guidance to implement the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order. The regulations, which go into effect in October, will bring greater transparency to federal contracting and help level the playing field for law-abiding companies.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

August 24, 2016

By Neil Gordon

SEC Secures Another Win for Whistleblower Rights

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) For the second time in less than a week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) scored a win for whistleblower rights when it fined Health Net $340,000 for using severance agreements to silence former employees.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, Contract Oversight

August 24, 2016

By Daniel Grossman

To Be or Not To Be (Contracted Out)

To Be or Not To Be Contracted Out: SAIC job announcement posted on Glassdoor. While reviewing listings for federal government contractor jobs, the Project On Government Oversight was reminded of the confusion surrounding inherently governmental functions. Multiple definitions of this term have made it somewhat ambiguous and in need of consistency.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

August 19, 2016

By Carter Salis

Upcoming Appeals Case Threatens Whistleblower Protections

Whistleblower An upcoming appeals case could make it nearly impossible for whistleblowers to win cases against employers who illegally retaliate. The case threatens to shift the evidentiary burden from the employer back to the employee, a development that would be contr

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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

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Fly Before You Buy: Tom Christie on Realistic Combat Testing

The Project On Government Oversight's Dan Grazier recently sat down with Tom Christie, a former Director of Operational Test & Evaluation at the DoD from 2001-2005, to talk about the critical need for realistic combat testing before the Pentagon buys new weapons.