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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

February 4, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Government to Require Greater Doctor Payment Transparency



Drug and FDA Issues The federal government announced it would require drug and medical device makers to publicly disclose their payments to doctors and hospitals.

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Topics: Public Health and Science

January 4, 2013

By Neil Gordon

Gallup Fraud Probe Nabs Ex-FEMA Official



Gallup Federal prosecutors charged former FEMA official Timothy Cannon with a felony conflict of interest charge for helping The Gallup Organization win contracts while seeking a job with the company.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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