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March 12, 2015

By Jacob Marx

Party Like It’s 2007: IG Blasts Fannie Mae over Risk Management



Fannie Mae Failing to change the culture and quality of risk auditing could cause Fannie Mae to repeat the mistakes of the financial crisis.

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Topics: Government Accountability

February 4, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

Nuclear Official Allowed to Oversee Former Client



Frank Kotz at Y-12 The head of the National Nuclear Security Administration received an ethics waiver that allowed him to oversee the Bechtel Corporation—a federal contractor he had previously advised on its successful bid to manage facilities in the nuclear weapons complex.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

January 20, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

POGO to FDA on Conflicts of Interest: Disclose Them!



Drug and FDA Issues POGO once again reaches out to the FDA to ask the agency to make public any potential financial conflicts of interests of its advisers.

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Topics: Public Health and Science

January 15, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

New Disclosures Highlight Ashton Carter’s Ties to Investors



Ashton Carter Ashton Carter, President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, received $20,000 last year from one of the top consulting firms offering political intelligence to investors, according to a new ethics disclosure.

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 14, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

SEC Chair Got Waiver to Oversee Wall Street Law Firm



Mary Jo White Mary Jo White, the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, was granted a waiver last year allowing her to oversee a major corporate law firm that was also a former client of hers.

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Topics: Financial Sector

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