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November 13, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Obama Nominates CFTC Chairman with Corporate Ties



Timothy Massad Yesterday, President Obama nominated Timothy Massad, who currently works at the Treasury Department overseeing the government bailout, as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). But there is skepticism about Massad's priorities.

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Topics: Financial Sector

October 16, 2013

By Neil Gordon

Syria Debate Skewed by Undisclosed Defense Industry Ties



Contract Oversight A new report shows how the national news media hid its commentators' defense industry ties during the debate over whether the U.S. should attack Syria.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 15, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

NY Fed Examiner Files Wrongful Termination Lawsuit



Financial Oversight A senior examiner has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, claiming she was let go after refusing to keep quiet about serious conflicts of interest at Goldman Sachs.

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Topics: Financial Sector

September 26, 2013

By Jamie Neikrie

SEC Recusals Highlight Revolving Door Dangers



Revolving Door Prior work of SEC Commissioners creates conflicts of interest in settlement deals, confirming concerns about the revolving door system.

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Topics: Financial Sector

September 6, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

DoD IG Confirms POGO’s DARPA Concerns



DARPA DARPA improperly awards contracts, often without proper evaluations, required support or approvals, and checking the adequacy of contractor accounting systems.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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