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July 29, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Federal Coal Mining Program Cheats Taxpayers, Needs Reforms



Photo of Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Loopholes and exemptions in the rules governing companies that mine coal on public lands cheat taxpayers out of millions of dollars in revenue each year, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) told Department of Interior leadership today.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

July 28, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Congress, Pentagon Must Re-Evaluate F-35 in Light of Serious Deficiencies



Navy maintainers stand by a grounded F-35 A POGO analysis of the F-35's capabilities describes how the fighter can't perform one of its key advertised missions—a failure that POGO says should prompt Congress and the Pentagon to conduct a complete re-evaluation of the $1.4 trillion program.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

July 24, 2015

By Danielle Brian

Department of Justice’s Decision Undercuts, Weakens Federal Watchdogs



U.S. Capitol IGs cannot be effective watchdogs on behalf of Congress and the American public if they have to negotiate with agency leaders for access to records on a case-by-case basis.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 24, 2015

By Daniel Shlien

Watching the Watchdogs: GAO Finds Problems with Commerce IG



Todd Zinser A recent GAO report highlights deficiencies of the Commerce Department's Office of Inspector General under the former IG.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 23, 2015

By Lyndle Berryhill

DoD Reply to 2010 FOIA: Go to the Army



POGO's 2010 FOIA request After five years, POGO finally receives a FOIA response from the Department of Defense...sort of.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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