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September 21, 2016

By Ari Goldberg

Must-Read: “What Congress Is Actually Good at” (The Atlantic)



U.S. Capitol POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian tells The Atlantic there are many examples of Congress conducting good oversight investigations under the radar.

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Topics: Government Accountability

September 8, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

POGO Critical of Pentagon Watchdog’s Handling of Whistleblowers



Photo of Mandy Smithberger, Director of the CDI's Straus Military Reform Project at POGO The director of POGO’s military reform project testified about the inadequate protections for whistleblowers who come forward to report misconduct at the Pentagon. Mandy Smithberger’s testimony called on the Department of Defense’s Office of Inspector Gene

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

August 18, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

POGO’s 2016 Summer Reading List



Girl sitting on a lawn reading a good government book like the ones chosen each summer by POGO Summer is coming to an end but there’s still time to reenergize yourself with a book that matters! Take your pick of the latest books on nuclear policy, national security, or government oversight (or in some cases, lack thereof.)

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources, National Security, Financial Sector, Public Health and Science, Contract Oversight

August 4, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

FBI Recognizes Whistleblowers’ Role; Congress Seeks to Improve Protections



Whistleblower whistle FBI Director Comey highlighted the culture change necessary to utilize whistleblower complaints, but legislation is still necessary to protect the jobs of those whistleblowers. The House and Senate have offered a bill that would do that.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

July 26, 2016

By Neil Gordon

$43 Million Gas Station a “Can of Worms” Says Sen. Grassley



Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) Senator Chuck Grassley gave Defense Secretary Ashton Carter one month to explain how and why the Pentagon repudiated its own cost estimate of a gas station construction project in Afghanistan.

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

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