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April 22, 2013

By Joe Newman

After 5 Years, Is Obama Ready to Fill State Department Vacancy?



Secretary of State John Kerry Secretary of State John Kerry says if it were up to him, the State Department would already have a permanent inspector general, a critical position that has been vacant for more than five years, but the delay is due to the White House’s vetting process.

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Topics: Government Accountability

April 3, 2013

By Neil Gordon

Army Corps Stands By Its Sweetheart Deal With DynCorp



Dyncorp building The Army Corps of Engineers stands by its decision to allow DynCorp International to walk away from a botched construction job in Afghanistan.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 28, 2013

By Mia Steinle

VA Healthcare System Failing Veterans, Study Says



Veterans Saluting Military veterans experience “excessive wait time” for medical care, leading to higher incidences of preventable hospitalizations and death, according to the Institute of Medicine.

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 28, 2013

By Neil Gordon

DOE Watchdog Sniffs Out More Waste at National Labs



Watchdog In a new report, the Department of Energy Office of Inspector General found that the agency had improperly awarded salary increases for several executive employees of the contractor overseeing cleanup at the Oak Ridge nuclear facility.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 26, 2013

By Christine Anderson

Inspectors General Receive Much-Needed Attention in Senate



Government Accountability The investigative role of Inspectors General (IGs) would be strengthened in the Senate's new budget proposal.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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