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November 7, 2014

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Acquisition Reform Seems More Like Industry Wish List



Contract Oversight Acquisition reform is a hot buzz phrase, but the latest proposal by the New Democrat Coalition reads like a contracting lobbyist's talking points. Contracting improvements are needed, but the government shouldn't invite contractors to run the store and gut

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 22, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

POGO Weighs in on Pending Defense Policy Bill



C-2A Greyhound While congressional staff are busy preparing a final version of the National Defense Authorization Act, POGO supports several specific policy reforms that could benefit the Pentagon and the American taxpayer.

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Topics: National Security

October 14, 2014

By Lydia Dennett

Commission on DOE Labs Looks at Interagency Work



Y-12 A commission established to review the efficiency of Department of Energy laboratories met for the third time to discuss interagency work and attempt to discover any waste or redundancy in the laboratory system.

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Topics: National Security

September 26, 2014

By Winslow Wheeler

A Ray of Light from Senator Durbin’s Defense Subcommittee: Will It Brighten or Fade?



Ray of Sun When members of Congress show even faint signs of departing from their habitual abuse of the public purse, it merits attention.

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Topics: National Security

September 26, 2014

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

In Defense of National Security Whistleblowers



whistleblowers2 In a recent Harvard Law & Policy Review article, Yochai Benkler, law professor and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, introduced the idea of a “public accountability defense,” especially for national security whistleblowers.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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The Congressional Management Foundation offers the Gold Mouse Awards annually to members of Congress who make the most of the opportunity the digital world offers them. POGO spoke with members of Rep. Mike Honda's communications team about their award.