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August 24, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

U.S. Spending in Afghanistan: A Credit to Oversight



U.S. Army Afghanistan Bazaar With billions in U.S. tax dollars still left to be spent on reconstruction in Afghanistan, it’s critical that the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction continue his oversight role.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

August 20, 2015

By Katie Cooney

Database Provides Transparency on Foreign Aid



U.S. Foreign Aid Afghan Army Reconstruction The Center for International Policy launched the Security Monitor Assistance Program, providing transparency on U.S. foreign and security aid.

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Topics: Open Government, National Security

August 12, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

SEC Stands Up for Whistleblowers



Security Exchange Commission Whistleblower The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued guidance to clarify that employees in the corporate world are entitled to protections against retaliation even if they only blow the whistle internally to their employers.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, Financial Sector

August 10, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Preventing a New Chapter of “Vacuous” Oversight



Afghanistan Soldier Reconstruction A new comparative analysis found that DoD IG oversight of Afghanistan is a woefully inadequate substitute for the work the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) performs exposing waste, fraud, and abuse in Afghanistan.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 23, 2015

By Daniel Shlien

Dodd-Frank Turns Five; Too Soon to Celebrate?



President Obama Signs Dodd Frank The Dodd-Frank Act turns five this week. POGO's review of the law's implementation at one agency shows that the anniversary is full of both promise and disappointment.

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Topics: Financial Sector

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