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January 19, 2018

By Peter Tyler

Record-Breaking National Disaster Recovery Budget Should Include Ample Oversight



Puerto Rico flooded Recovery from the 2017 hurricanes will mean tens of billions of dollars in federal disaster spending. Oversight of such large amounts will be vital, and providing adequate funds for that oversight will ensure that the recovery money is effectively spent, a

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Topics: Government Accountability

December 4, 2017

By Peter Tyler

Starving the Department of Homeland Security Watchdog During a Time of Growing Challenges



Department of Homeland Security The Senate and House deliberations over the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (OIG) budget exemplifies how Congress must strengthen its oversight efforts. While the overall DHS budget is increasing as the agency is facing many new

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Topics: Government Accountability

November 21, 2017

By Nick Schwellenbach

Department of Homeland Security Threatens to Muzzle Its Watchdog from Reporting on Trump’s Travel Ban



Newark Airport CBP 120 The watchdog at the Department of Homeland Security found DHS violated court orders during the rollout of Trump’s travel ban. But the watchdog’s full findings are being blocked by DHS from public release.

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Topics: Government Accountability

October 23, 2017

By Laura Peterson

Border Agency Hasn’t Requested Funding for New Wall



Kevin McAleenan Despite President Trump’s claim that a border wall is crucial for our safety, the Department of Homeland Security hasn’t requested funding for new walls or fences since the last wall was mandated a decade ago.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

October 12, 2017

By Amelia Strauss

Customs and Border Protection Officer Punished for Reporting Wrongdoing



US Customs and Border Protection agents await a bus for inspection. A Customs and Border Protection Officer who tried to report concerns of racial profiling and Fourth Amendment violations faced resistance and punishment from supervisors.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

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