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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

July 8, 2016

By Carter Salis

Amendment to Protect State Dept. Whistleblower a First Step



Screenshot of President George H.W. Bush signing the 1989 Whistleblower Protection Act. Representative Sean Duffy introduced an amendment to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act that would protect a federal whistleblower who refused to break federal regulations. The amendment highlights vulnerabilities in whistlebl

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

June 30, 2016

By Lexi Curnin

Bipartisan Letter Questions Watchdog’s Whistleblower Program



Photograph of Senator Charles Grassley A Congressional letter, signed by Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD), raises concerns first raised by the Government Accountability Office and POGO about the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General's handling of whistleblower cases.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

June 30, 2016

By Mandy Smithberger

Would You Buy a Car Without Knowing the Sticker Price?



The Price is Secret B-21 Graphic The Air Force claims the mystery price tag is necessary to prevent adversaries from learning too much about the B-21 aircraft.

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Topics: National Security

June 9, 2016

By Carter Salis

NDAA Markups Continue Under a Veil of Secrecy



Senator John McCain and Senator Jack Reed The Senate Armed Service Committee continues to stymie transparency by holding NDAA markups in closed sessions. The Project On Government Oversight believes the Committee ought to permit the democratic process to unfold and move discussion of unclassified policy amendments to open sessions.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

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Fly Before You Buy: Tom Christie on Realistic Combat Testing

The Project On Government Oversight's Dan Grazier recently sat down with Tom Christie, a former Director of Operational Test & Evaluation at the DoD from 2001-2005, to talk about the critical need for realistic combat testing before the Pentagon buys new weapons.