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July 21, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Will Trump Privatize the Afghanistan War?



Soldier in Afghanistan Last week brought disturbing news that two prominent voices from the private security industry— Erik Prince and Stephen Feinberg—are trying to convince the Pentagon to let private security firms replace American troops in Afghanistan. We explain why this i

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

June 20, 2017

By Daniel Van Schooten

Letting Contractors Pick Their Own Auditors is a Bad Idea



Man in a military uniform removing folders from a filing cabinet A new law lets contractors hire their own auditors, despite history that shows it can come at the expense of independent oversight.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

June 8, 2017

By Laura Peterson

More Trump Appointees Get Waived Past Ethics Pledge



White House Ethics Waiver The Office of Government Ethics posted waivers to the ethics pledge for 10 Trump appointees after demanding them from federal agencies.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

June 1, 2017

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

White House Releases Ethics Waivers After Battle with OGE



White House Ethics Waiver The White House reversed its decision to fight the Office of Government Ethics over the release of government ethics records the day after POGO requested that it should proactively release copies of ethics waivers on public websites.

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Topics: Government Accountability

May 18, 2017

By Sean Moulton

New Public Accountability on Ethics Agreements



Statue of justice in an office The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) established a new certification that tracks presidential appointees’ ethics compliance, which will be posted online. The move should create greater accountability when it comes to appointees’ ethics commitments.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

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