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February 10, 2017

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Bipartisan Leadership of House Oversight Committee Urges Punishment of Conway



Kellyanne Conway portrait House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings asked that the Office of Government Ethics recommend disciplinary action against Kellyanne Conway after her public endorsement of the Ivanka Trump br

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Topics: Government Accountability

February 2, 2017

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

House off to Strong Start on Whistleblower Protections in 2017



Photo of Elizabeth Hempowicz testifying before congress on whistleblower protections A House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee hearing highlighted that the Committee is seriously considering legislative improvements to whistleblower protections, and is ready and willing to conduct oversight of the administration’s handling of wh

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

January 26, 2017

By Nicholas Pacifico

Government Financials a Mess, Improper Payments Rise Again



One hundred dollar bill note shredded and laid out The Government Accountability Office released its financial audit of the federal government for fiscal year 2016, again unable to provide an opinion due to long-standing deficiencies and citing concerns regarding improper payments.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

January 23, 2017

By Nicholas Pacifico

IG Independence Protected by Passage of Empowerment Act



The US Capitol lit up at night, photographed by Stephen Melisethian The Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2016, passed by the Senate in December 2016, codifies the right of Inspectors General to access all agency data they need to effectively do their job.

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 13, 2017

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Second Ethics Office Challenged



Walter Shaub Congress clashes with the Office of Government Ethics over handling of conflicts-of-interest issues involving the incoming administration and President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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