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November 21, 2014

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Awaiting Answers from DOE IG on Whistleblower’s Accusations



whistleblowers2 The Department of Energy's Inspector General has yet to deliver answers about the firing of whistleblower Dr. James Doyle and the underlying ambiguous classification procedures used by DOE and its contractors.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

November 21, 2014

By Mia Steinle

Data on Oil, Gas, Mining Projects Often Incomplete, Missing or Inaccessible



Oil Derricks There is a glaring lack of data available to the public about the impacts of the drilling and mining of oil, gas and minerals on public lands, according to a Project On Government Oversight (POGO) survey of people who live and work in areas where extractiv

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

November 21, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

Treasury Nominee Eligible for “Revolving Door” Rewards



Financial Oversight Antonio Weiss, President Obama’s nominee for a senior post at the Treasury Department, could receive a variety of financial benefits from his current Wall Street employer if he’s confirmed for the position, according to newly posted ethics records.

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Topics: Financial Sector

November 20, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Corporate Political Spenders Get Lucrative Payouts



Contract Oversight America's largest corporations got, on average, $760 in federal funds for every $1 they spent on lobbying and campaign contributions, combined. For the five largest federal contractors, however, the average return on investment was more than twice that amo

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 20, 2014

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

CMRR-NF Cancelled, but Questions Linger



Nuclear Symbol The Department of Energy cancelled plans to construct the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement – Nuclear Facility (CMRR-NF). DOE plans to update existing facilities and to construct modular facilities, but questions still linger.

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Topics: National Security

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