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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

November 20, 2017

By Peter Tyler

Inspector General Empowerment Act Passage Already Helping Our Federal Watchdogs



Magnifying glass with cash Leaders from the Inspector General community testified before Congress last week on challenges facing these key federal watchdogs, and laid out recommendations that would allow improved oversight of federal programs and spending.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

November 8, 2017

By Mia Steinle

Homeland Security’s Top Watchdog Pulled Documents from its Website



Screenshot of the FOIA Reading Room from the DHS OIG website The Department of Homeland Security removed from its website documents cataloging misconduct allegations against its employees but failed to inform the public why it did so.

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Topics: Open Government

November 6, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Pentagon Nixes Release of Afghan Reconstruction Data—Again



Marines show Afghan National Police officers how to disassemble their new M16A2 assault rifles to clean them at Bost Airport in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, Aug. 16, 2017. For the second time in two years, the Pentagon has classified information on the capabilities of the Afghan security forces that was previously reported to the public. Will the Pentagon stand by its shaky justification, or will it have a change of heart li

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, National Security

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