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January 23, 2017

By Daniel Van Schooten

TSA Found to be Abusing Pseudo-Classification System (Again)



Political Cartoon in black and white, with the word Secrecy backed by clouds, spewing classified documents to the ground in a metaphor for the lack of transparency in Washington DC An Inspector General report has found that the TSA is abusing its pseudo-classification system and “cannot be trusted to administer the program.”

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

January 23, 2017

By Nicholas Pacifico

IG Independence Protected by Passage of Empowerment Act



The US Capitol lit up at night, photographed by Stephen Melisethian The Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2016, passed by the Senate in December 2016, codifies the right of Inspectors General to access all agency data they need to effectively do their job.

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 3, 2017

By Ari Goldberg

Take Action: Ethics Office Should Be Strengthened, Not Eviscerated



Photo of the US Capitol at Night The Project On Government Oversight urges everyone to contact their Member of Congress to oppose a rule change proposed by House Judiciary Committee Chair Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) to undermine the independence of the Office of Congressional Ethi

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

December 14, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Watchdog Sheds New Light on Afghanistan Luxury Villas



Photograph of a Task Force villas in Kabul, included in 11/25/15 letter from Special Inspector General John Sopko to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter Sadly, new information about the Pentagon’s $150 million luxury villas in Afghanistan recently disclosed by SIGAR in a letter to Congress may be the final word on this controversial project.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

December 2, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

New Roadblock for Inspectors General Access to Information



Mounted clock on white wall Last minute concerns over the IG Empowerment Act of 2015 may delay necessary legislation until next Congress.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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