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January 22, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Senate Examines Controversial DoD Afghanistan Task Force



Afghanistan Construction Truck There were plenty of fireworks at a Senate Armed Services subcommittee hearing on a Pentagon task force that spent $638 million to revive Afghanistan's economy.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 12, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

House Starts 2016 with FOIA Reform; Eyes on the Senate Now



POGO's 2010 FOIA request The House of Representatives passed the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act, the bipartisan answer to problems that have plagued those who use the Freedom of Information Act for years. It is now up to the Senate to pass this important legislation and get

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 8, 2016

By Sean Moulton

9/11 Responders Get Permanent Health Care Benefits



9/11 First Responders Congress deserves credit for finally passing permanent health care benefits for 9/11 responders as 2015 was winding down.

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Topics: Government Accountability

December 10, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

How the System Went After a War Hero



Jason Amerine Testimony The U.S. Army treated an American hero like a criminal for speaking to a Member of Congress about the government’s dysfunctional hostage recovery program.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

December 3, 2015

By Neil Gordon

DoD Task Force Blew $150 Million on Posh Digs



Photograph of a Task Force villas in Kabul, included in 11/25/15 letter from Special Inspector General John Sopko to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter The Pentagon task force responsible for the $43 million gas station in Afghanistan now stands accused of wasting millions on lavish private housing.

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