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February 25, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

DoD Cost Analysis is like Pin the Tail on the Donkey



Pin the Tail on the Donkey Pratt & Whitney won’t tell the Air Force how much it charges commercial companies for its aircraft engines, which means the federal government has no idea whether it’s getting the shaft.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

February 12, 2015

By Joe Newman

POGO’s Suggested Congressional Priorities and Legislative Reforms



Baker's Dozen Doughnu We’re calling it our “Baker’s Dozen,” a set of recommendations aimed at making the federal government more transparent, more accountable and more ethical.

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Topics: Government Accountability

February 4, 2015

By Joe Newman

Twitter Roundup: Softballs, Fashion and More Defense Spending



Ashton Carter Here's what the Washington Press Corps and assorted wonks tweeted about Ashton Carter's confirmation hearing.

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Topics: National Security

February 3, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Our $1 Trillion National Security Budget



Aerial photograph of the Penatgon. Below is an assessment of the total national security spending budget, including $417.4 billion not typically discussed as part of our national defense budget proposal.

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Topics: National Security

February 3, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Questions for Secretary of Defense Nominee Ash Carter



Ashton Carter The confirmation hearing for Defense Secretary nominee Ash Carter should include questions about the revolving door, his acquisition reform efforts, and if he is willing to take on military services that put weapon systems ahead of our armed forces.

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Topics: National Security

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