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January 5, 2012

By Neil Gordon

Two Former Watchdogs Ring in the New Year on the Other Side of the Revolving Door



The Revolving Door Welcome to another episode of "As the Washington Revolving Door Turns." The two latest ex-government officials to land jobs with private companies formerly served as very high-profile watchdogs of those companies.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 19, 2011

By Michael Smallberg

GAO Raises Serious Concerns about Conflicts of Interest and Inadequate Transparency at Federal Reserve Banks



Financial Oversight The professional and financial ties between the directors of the 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks and Fed-supervised firms have created a "reputational risk" for the Federal Reserve System, and the Reserve Banks have not given the public access to key gov

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Topics: Open Government, Financial Sector

May 10, 2011

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Will the President Sign an EO to Increase Disclosure of Political Spending by Contractors?



President Obama is considering issuing an executive order that will require the disclosure of and online public access to federal contractor spending on elections.

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Topics: Open Government, Contract Oversight

May 10, 2010

By Mandy Smithberger

IG Warned Congress About Failures of MMS, Interior



Energy and Natural Resources In 2006 then-Interior Department Inspector General Earl Devaney gave Congress numerous explicit signs when he described the culture at the Department of the Interior as one that "sustains managerial irresponsibility and a lack of accountability.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

November 18, 2009

By Mandy Smithberger

Moneyed Mentors at the Pentagon



As you can see from today's Morning Smoke, USA Today's Tom Vanden Brook, Ken Dilanian and Ray Locker put out a great story on retired military officers consulting for the Pentagon as mentors to "help run war games and offer advice."

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Topics: National Security

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