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March 31, 2014

By David S. Hilzenrath

Help Us Investigate Prosecutorial Misconduct



Gavel POGO is continuing to examine how the Justice Department handles allegations of prosecutorial misconduct. If you can shed light on the subject, please email us at investigations@pogo.org, and please put “OPR” in the subject line.

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Topics: Government Accountability

February 7, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

Head of SEC Given Waiver to Oversee Past Client



Mary Jo White Mary Jo White, the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), will be allowed to oversee her former client, Credit Suisse, according to a new ethics waiver the U.S. Office of Government Ethics posted to its website this week.

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Topics: Financial Sector

January 9, 2014

By Mia Steinle

Once Plagued by Scandal, Interior Dept. Promotes Good Ethics



Ethics Book The Interior Department's plain English guide to ethics is an encouraging improvement from a government agency once plagued by scandals.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

January 7, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

SEC Finally Finalizes a Revolving Door Rule



Revolving Door Closed After backtracking from a promise to tighten restrictions on its revolving door, the Securities and Exchange Commission is again moving forward with plans to close a loophole in federal ethics rules for senior employees who leave the agency.

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Topics: Financial Sector

November 6, 2013

By Lydia Dennett

New Documents Show Former Rep. Ran Through Revolving Door



Heather WIlson Former Representative Heather Wilson has come under fire for her close relationship with U.S. nuclear labs, including negotiating her lucrative contract while still in office, receiving almost half a million for questionable consulting work, and accepting a position on an NNSA review panel.

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Topics: National Security

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