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August 26, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Walk the Talk: Acknowledging Whistleblower Retaliation at the VA



VA Headquarters in Washington, DC with quote:  The Daily Caller brings attention to whistleblower retaliation within the Department of Veterans Affairs after a worker who reported 30 lost cars from the Los Angeles VA hospital was fired. The VA then blocked whistleblower Anthony Salazar from showing emp

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

August 26, 2016

By Adam Zagorin

Further Report of Abuse Inside the Defense Logistics Agency



KGL Logistics logo and Iran rials The Project On Government Oversight recently learned new information involving its July 6, 2016, article about improper leaks of restricted government documents by the Defense Logistics Agency to a major US military contractor, Kuwait and Gulf Link, also k

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

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

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