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January 30, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Watchdog Criticizes Treasury for Ally Financial’s Slow Repayment Plan



SIGTARP Most of the largest companies who received billions in federal bailouts have repaid the government, but Ally Financial, a major auto lender, still owes the government $11.4 billion.

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Topics: Financial Sector

January 24, 2013

By Danielle Brian

Oversight Committee Makes Bipartisan Call for Appointment of State Department IG



Government Accountability As the Senate began confirmation hearings of John Kerry to become the next Secretary of State today, senior members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform made a bipartisan call to the President to nominate a State Department Inspector G

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 1, 2012

By Neil Gordon

McCaskill, Webb Introduce Wartime Contracting Legislation that Could Save Taxpayers Billions



Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Jim Webb (D-VA) have introduced the Comprehensive Contingency Contracting Reform Act of 2012 (S. 2139), a bill that will greatly enhance transparency, sustainability, and accountability in overseas contingency operation

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Topics: Contract Oversight, Open Government

July 2, 2012

By Suzanne Dershowitz

Finally Some Justice for a Defense Contractor Whistleblower



The Department of Defense (DoD) Inspector General (IG) recently validated a contractor whistleblower reprisal for the first time in six years. The IG was able to side with the whistleblower in this special case because the complaint was related to a defens

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

November 9, 2012

By Mia Steinle

Energy Dept. IG Finds Conflicts of Interest in Nuke Clean-Up



Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Government investigators have uncovered conflicts of interest among the contractors working on a multi-billion dollar effort to decontaminate and decommission two of the nation’s nuclear weapons sites.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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