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June 24, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Senator’s Report on VA Hospitals Explores Widespread Problems



Veterans Affairs Seal A new report based on a year-long investigation of the VA healthcare system suggests that problems go far beyond improper scheduling practices.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 18, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Senators Press Defense Secretary on KBR Litigation



Contract Oversight Three senators are demanding answers from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel about a long-running legal battle between KBR and National Guardsmen who claim the company exposed them to toxic chemicals in Iraq.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

May 19, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Petition Asks Senate Armed Services Committee to Open NDAA Mark-Up to the Public



Government Accountability A coalition of 56 organizations from across the political spectrum delivered a petition today to the Senate Armed Services Committee, asking that the committee open its deliberations for the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to the public.

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Topics: Open Government

April 14, 2014

By Lydia Dennett

Congress Slams Nuclear Agency for Recent Failures



Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Fabrication Facility According to two experts, the National Nuclear Security Administration has failed, which is no surprise given the recent cost overruns and schedule delays on several multi-billion dollar projects.

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Topics: National Security

April 2, 2014

By Lydia Dennett

Congress Calls for Action After Whistleblower Retaliation



Todd Zinser The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology's Oversight Subcommittee has called for the Department of Commerce Inspector General to fire two managers who were found to have retaliated against whistleblowers.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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