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July 22, 2016

By Lexi Curnin

Global Witness Briefing Sheds Light on Cloaked Contractors



Hidden Menace report cover graphics by Global Witness Companies whose owners remain anonymous pose a threat to American taxpayer dollars and national security.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

June 20, 2016

By Mia Steinle

Oil, Gas, and Coal Law is Long Overdue Victory for Taxpayers



Coal Mine For the first time in decades, the federal government has majorly overhauled the way it determines how much money taxpayers receive from oil, gas, and coal extracted from federal lands.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

July 18, 2016

By Nicholas Pacifico

Improper Payments: $1 Trillion of Simple Mistakes



Money Payments Dollars Sign 120 The federal government’s improper payments have cost taxpayers over $1 trillion since 2003.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

July 14, 2016

By Daniel Grossman

Security Clearances Drop but Intelligence Problems Remain



Photograph of a folder with the words Top Secret stamped on it. The number of intelligence personnel eligible for security clearances decreased from Fiscal Year 2014 to 2015, which demonstrates a positive step in consolidating and coordinating the intelligence community’s national security efforts. However, there are s

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

July 13, 2016

By David S. Hilzenrath

FDA Says Faulty Devices Had "Minimal" Impact on Trial Led by New Boss



Picture of a drop of blood on thumb. The FDA said faulty INRatio blood testing devices had “minimal” impact on a clinical trial of blood thinner Xarelto that FDA head Robert Califf co-chaired.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Public Health and Science

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