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November 16, 2016

By Neil Gordon

GAO Finds Shrinking Oversight of Capitol Complex Caretaker



The Architect of the Capitol is in the final painting phase of the Dome Restoration Project Oversight activity at the Architect of the Capitol Office of Inspector General has plummeted in recent years, putting the billions of taxpayer dollars spent to maintain Capitol Hill buildings and grounds at increased risk of waste and fraud.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

September 9, 2016

By Nicholas Pacifico

Independence of Inspectors General is Essential



Two businessmen POGO discusses the Partnership for Public Service’s “Walking the Line” report and highlights the importance of Inspector General independence.

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Topics: Government Accountability

September 8, 2016

By Ari Goldberg

Long-Buried IG Report on BLM Reveals Gifts from Oil & Gas Industry, Other Violations



Oil drilling in San Ardo oil field, California A report hidden from the public for three years finds former Bureau of Land Management employee Steve Henke “violated agency policy, federal laws, and the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch.”

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Topics: Government Accountability

September 8, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

Justice Dept. Watchdog Confirms “Unacceptable” FARA Compliance



A shot of various foreign banknotes and coins The Department of Justice Inspector General released an audit on enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) yesterday which echoed findings of lax compliance and enforcement of the law detailed in a 2014 POGO report.

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Topics: Government Accountability

August 18, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

POGO’s 2016 Summer Reading List



Girl sitting on a lawn reading a good government book like the ones chosen each summer by POGO Summer is coming to an end but there’s still time to reenergize yourself with a book that matters! Take your pick of the latest books on nuclear policy, national security, or government oversight (or in some cases, lack thereof.)

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources, National Security, Financial Sector, Public Health and Science, Contract Oversight

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