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September 16, 2013

By Ethan Rosenkranz

House Unveils Short-term Spending Measure to Lock in Defense Cuts



Government Accountability A newly unveiled proposal to keep the government operating past the end of this month represents the first acknowledgment by House leadership that they ought to adhere to current law spending caps set by the sequester.

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Topics: National Security

September 12, 2013

By David S. Hilzenrath

Senators Ask State Department To Respond to POGO Report on Embassy Security



Kabul Embassy Guard Force Leaders of a Senate panel are asking the State Department to explain how its assurances about security at the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan square with a report this week by the Project On Government Oversight documenting problems.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

September 10, 2013

By Joe Newman

Benghazi Ignored: New Evidence Exposes Gaps in Kabul Embassy Security



Kabul Embassy Guard Force The private security force tasked with defending the U.S. Embassy in war-torn Afghanistan has been chronically understaffed, leaving the compound at risk, former guards told the Project On Government Oversight (POGO).

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Topics: Contract Oversight

September 10, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Map Shows State Dept. Official Gave Misleading Testimony to Congress



Infographic: Attacks in Kabul A top State Department official delivered inaccurate and misleading testimony to a Senate panel in July, when he dismissed concerns about security at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

September 6, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

DoD IG Confirms POGO’s DARPA Concerns



DARPA DARPA improperly awards contracts, often without proper evaluations, required support or approvals, and checking the adequacy of contractor accounting systems.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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