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September 14, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Government Watchdog Identifies Lessons from Afghanistan Reconstruction



Diggers on reconstruction project in Afghanistan, taken by the International Security Assistance Force Public Affairs The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has some important lessons about the systemic corruption that has hindered the 15-year effort to rebuild the war-torn country.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

September 12, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

LISTEN: The Case against Unlimited Pentagon Spending



Pentagon General Begging POGO’s Dan Grazier explains the problems with the current bloated Pentagon budget on the Steele & Ungar show following the comments of presidential candidate Donald Trump about ending the sequester on defense spending.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

September 8, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

POGO Critical of Pentagon Watchdog’s Handling of Whistleblowers



Photo of Mandy Smithberger, Director of the CDI's Straus Military Reform Project at POGO The director of POGO’s military reform project testified about the inadequate protections for whistleblowers who come forward to report misconduct at the Pentagon. Mandy Smithberger’s testimony called on the Department of Defense’s Office of Inspector Gene

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

August 10, 2016

By Lexi Curnin

DoD IG to Begin Proactively Releasing its Reports



Aerial shot of the Pentagon (Photo: Flickr / Rudiriet) The DoD Office of Inspector General has committed to proactively releasing its reports and select investigations, rather than requiring a FOIA request for each document.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

August 9, 2016

By Neil Gordon

New Insights into DoD Luxury Villas in Afghanistan



The luxury villas used by the Afghanistan Pentagon Task Force could easily have been featured on MTVs Cribs. A former employee of a controversial Pentagon task force came forward with stories—and photos—of one of the most notorious examples of wasteful spending in the Afghanistan reconstruction.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

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