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July 2, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

The VA’s Office of Inspector General Has No Clothes



Danielle Brian testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee The Veterans Affairs Inspector General tries to defend its poor performance when it should be trying to find solutions to its problems.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 30, 2015

By Danielle Brian

POGO Welcomes Leadership Change at VA Inspector General



Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington DC Richard Griffin’s decision to step down from his leadership role at the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Veterans Affairs is welcome news.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

June 24, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

Watchdog Barks for Access to FBI Records



Screenshot of DOJ IG Michael Horowitz testifying. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is continuing to challenge the authority of the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General to access FBI records, according to an OIG report issued last week.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 17, 2015

By Lyndle Berryhill

ICYMI: Big News for Inspectors General (But Where’s the VA IG?)



Danielle Brian testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee There have been several important developments since the Project On Government Oversight’s Danielle Brian testified at a June 3 hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Inspector General vacancies and threats to IG independence.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 10, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Government Charge Cards Still Being Abused



Gambling at a casino table Government charge card spending abuses are reoccurring, and records obtained by POGO show that the problem is worse than imagined.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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