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November 17, 2016

By Nicholas Pacifico

House Oversight Committee Takes Aim at Improper Payments



Black and white photo of a very messy desk. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a report detailing ineffectiveness of current improper payment system.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

October 27, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Court Blocks New Contractor Accountability Rules



Court Blocks New Regulations Designed to Ensure Worker Safety and Fair Treatment of Federal Contract Workers President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order—a set of regulations designed to ensure the safety and fair treatment of federal contract workers—was to take effect this week. But on Monday, a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked imple

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 21, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Congress Needs More Transparency to Reduce Industry Influence



Congress Industries can buy influence in Congress legally by funding Congressional fellowships. A POGO investigation finds there is very little oversight of Congressional fellowship programs on the Senate side and none on the House side.

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Topics: Government Accountability

September 21, 2016

By Ari Goldberg

Must-Read: “What Congress Is Actually Good at” (The Atlantic)



U.S. Capitol POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian tells The Atlantic there are many examples of Congress conducting good oversight investigations under the radar.

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Topics: Government Accountability

September 8, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

POGO Critical of Pentagon Watchdog’s Handling of Whistleblowers



Photo of Mandy Smithberger, Director of the CDI's Straus Military Reform Project at POGO The director of POGO’s military reform project testified about the inadequate protections for whistleblowers who come forward to report misconduct at the Pentagon. Mandy Smithberger’s testimony called on the Department of Defense’s Office of Inspector Gene

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

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