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August 18, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

POGO’s 2016 Summer Reading List



Girl sitting on a lawn reading a good government book like the ones chosen each summer by POGO Summer is coming to an end but there’s still time to reenergize yourself with a book that matters! Take your pick of the latest books on nuclear policy, national security, or government oversight (or in some cases, lack thereof.)

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources, National Security, Financial Sector, Public Health and Science, Contract Oversight

June 30, 2016

By Lexi Curnin

Bipartisan Letter Questions Watchdog’s Whistleblower Program



Photograph of Senator Charles Grassley A Congressional letter, signed by Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD), raises concerns first raised by the Government Accountability Office and POGO about the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General's handling of whistleblower cases.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

June 30, 2016

By Neil Gordon

McDonnell Decision a Setback for Anti-Corruption Efforts



Photograph of Cash in envelope in Hands Ex-Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s actions were “distasteful” and “tawdry,” according to the Supreme Court, but not bribery.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 23, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Indicted GSA Official is a Blast from POGO’s Past



GSA Building 120 Bells went off when we saw that former GSA official Helen “Renee” Ballard was indicted for a fraud and nepotism scheme involving large federal contractor CACI. Flashback to 2006…

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Topics: Contract Oversight

February 10, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Divided Loyalty: Financial Industry Fights To Keep Its Interests Ahead of Investors'



IRA Retirement Taxes Calculator 120 It took almost six years, but the government is set to issue a rule that will increase transparency and accountability in financial advice given to retirement savers.

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Topics: Financial Sector, Contract Oversight

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