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August 18, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

POGO’s 2016 Summer Reading List



Girl sitting on a lawn reading a good government book like the ones chosen each summer by POGO Summer is coming to an end but there’s still time to reenergize yourself with a book that matters! Take your pick of the latest books on nuclear policy, national security, or government oversight (or in some cases, lack thereof.)

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources, National Security, Financial Sector, Public Health and Science, Contract Oversight

August 12, 2016

By Lexi Curnin

DOT Turns to POGO Data for Contractor Cost Corroboration



Department of Transportation 50th Anniversary Seal The Department of Transportation noted the high cost of service contractors in a recent rule and cited data from a POGO report on the subject to support the agency’s cost analysis.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

August 8, 2016

By Carter Salis

Watchdog Uncovers Contractor Fraud in U.S. Humanitarian Aid



Photograph of a patient being treated in Aleppo Hospital. More than $200 million in U.S. humanitarian aid to Syria has been frozen after a government watchdog began investigating allegations of contractor fraud. USAID has come under scrutiny for not implementing much needed financial oversight.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

August 4, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Watchdog Launches Criminal Investigation into Gold King Mine Spill



Colorado Animas River Toxic Mine Spill The EPA Office of Inspector General launched a criminal investigation into the Animas River toxic spill from the Gold King Mine in Colorado. The investigation was announced nearly a year after the spill.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Energy and Natural Resources, Contract Oversight

July 28, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Watchdog Finds Uneven Assessment of Army Contractors



U.S. Army Contractor Tanks Billions of taxpayer dollars are at risk of waste because of the U.S. Army’s failure to consistently follow the rules for evaluating the performance of its contractors, according to a new report by the Pentagon’s inspector general.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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