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October 25, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

New Database Tracks Revolving Door Between DoD and Defense Industry



Revolving Door A new database released by the Pentagon revealed that hundreds of senior defense officials requested ethics opinions as they moved from federal jobs to the private sector. A large majority, 84 percent, had a specific employer in mind, most of which were de

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Topics: National Security

October 21, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Lady Gaga Tickets for Classified Info Scandal Hits Navy



National Security Multiple senior Navy officials have been arrested for running an overbilling scheme with a major Asian defense contractor in one of the biggest- and juiciest- cases of fraud to hit the U.S. Navy in years.

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Topics: National Security

June 13, 2013

By Neil Gordon

Booz in the News and Whistleblower Blues



Booz Allen Hamilton The revelation that it was Edward Snowden, an employee of National Security Agency contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, who blew the whistle on the NSA’s surveillance programs has thrust Booz Allen Hamilton into the spotlight. Unfortunately, their track record of business ethics and integrity has largely escaped scrutiny.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 12, 2013

By Michael Smallberg

Prospective SEC Chairman Dismisses Revolving Door Concerns



Financial Oversight Mary Jo White—Obama’s nominee for chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission—said at her confirmation hearing that the public need not worry about her history of defending companies from the government. But her explanation was less than reassuring.

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Topics: Financial Sector

March 11, 2013

By Lili Shirley

5 Great Online Tools for Mining Public Records



Paper Stack Thanks to our open records laws, you can find a treasure trove of information on the web—everything from details about publically traded companies to where stimulus funds are going.

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Topics: Open Government

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