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May 1, 2014

By Lydia Dennett

Senate Subcommittee Slams Former Acting Homeland Security IG



Charles Edwards A Senate Subcommittee recently released a report on their investigation into allegations of misconduct against Charles Edwards, the former Acting Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security. The report illustrates the importance of IG independ

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Topics: Government Accountability

April 7, 2014

By Colby Goodman

Growing Concerns Over Deregulation of Arms Export Controls



Helicopter U.S. law enforcement officials are increasingly worried that their efforts to stem the illicit trafficking of U.S. arms could be undermined by an Obama Administration initiative to deregulate export controls.

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Topics: National Security

September 26, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Senate Questions IG Report on Secret Service Prostitution Scandal



DHS Seal Recent allegations suggest that the inspector general in charge of investigating the 2012 Secret Service prostitution incident intentionally withheld information from his public report and delayed the release of his findings until after the 2012 election.

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Topics: Government Accountability

September 16, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Congress’s Complicated and Wasteful Oversight of DHS



DHS Seal In a New York Times op-ed published last week, the 9/11 commission’s co-chairs Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton argue that one of their most important proposals has still not been carried out: improved homeland security oversight.

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Topics: National Security

August 2, 2013

By Aimee Thomson

POGO and Allies Urge Improvements to Surveillance Law



Surveillance Cameras POGO, OpenTheGovernment.org, and National Security Counselors have presented the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) with a number of recommendations to create a more transparent and accountable national security apparatus.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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