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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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November 6, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Legislation Aims to Fix Bad OLC Decision that Stymies IGs



Department of Justice Sign POGO supports the bipartisan Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2015.

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Topics: Government Accountability

October 19, 2015

By Sean Moulton

Congress Adds Insult to 9/11 Injuries



9/11 Dust Debris Firefighters Congress lets funding for 9/11 medical assistance for first responders expire, which is just the latest in a series of poor government actions around health and safety issues surrounding the 9/11 attacks.

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Topics: Government Accountability

September 29, 2015

By Daniel Van Schooten

VA Whistleblowers Testify at Senate Hearing



VA Whistleblowers Senate Hearing There is an ongoing culture of retaliation and fear across the VA, and those responsible for it are often going unpunished.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

August 18, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Bipartisan Boot Camp Helps Congressional Staff Sharpen Oversight Skills



Congressional Oversight Boot Camp Attendee Writing Current Hill staffers honed investigative skills by working in bipartisan groups at the Congressional Oversight Boot Camp, as reported by National Journal.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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