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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

June 6, 2016

By Lane Corrigan

Senate Report: VA OIG Failed to Publicize Findings in Tomah



Department of Veterans Affairs VA Building A new Senate report by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee majority staff found that the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (VA OIG) inadequately investigated and publicized misconduct at a VA medical center in Tomah, Wiscons

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

May 26, 2016

By Sean Moulton

House Committee Votes to Keep Congressional Reports Secret



Screenshot of Rep. Mike Quigely offering an amendment on CRS report availability. The House Appropriations Committee voted against posting Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports online for the public.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

May 6, 2016

By Danielle Brian

What is Going on Behind the Attacks on SIGAR?



The photograph shows the pumps at the CNG filling station constructed by TFBSO in Sheberghan, Afghanistan. These are dangerous days for the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, whose investigation of waste and wrongdoing in the $113 billion effort to rebuild Afghanistan— particularly of an overpriced gas station—has unleashed a firestorm of

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 23, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Some Issues POGO Highlighted with OSC Fixed in House Bill



Office of Special Counsel Issues POGO raised in a 2008 report about the Office of Special Counsel were addressed in a recent House Bill.

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Topics: Open Government, Whistleblower Protections

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