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October 15, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

POGO Speaks at National Government Ethics Summit



MIchael Smallberg's OGE speech POGO investigator Michael Smallberg was a featured speaker at the National Government Ethics Summit hosted by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics last month. He spoke to more than 300 senior ethics officials about the revolving door and "regulatory captur

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Topics: Government Accountability

April 25, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

How the Clinton Team Thwarted Effort to Regulate Derivatives



treasury memo thumbnail In April 1998, a decade before a historic crisis wreaked havoc on global financial markets, an obscure regulator saw a potential gap in the government’s oversight of Wall Street and tried to do something about it.

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Topics: Financial Sector

February 27, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

Will DOJ Hold Tax Cheats Accountable?



Financial Oversight A bipartisan report released yesterday by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations paints a picture of “lax enforcement” by U.S. authorities who have been investigating Swiss bank secrecy and offshore tax evasion.

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Topics: Financial Sector

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

December 16, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

‘Hedge Hogs’ Gives Inside Look at Wall Street’s Outrageous Behavior



Barbara Dreyfuss In Hedge Hogs: The Cowboy Traders Behind Wall Street’s Largest Hedge Fund Disaster, Barbara Dreyfuss uses her investigative and analytic skills to give readers an insider look at the high-stakes, high-ego culture of Wall Street.

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Topics: Financial Sector

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The Congressional Management Foundation offers the Gold Mouse Awards annually to members of Congress who make the most of the opportunity the digital world offers them. POGO spoke with members of Rep. Mike Honda's communications team about their award.