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November 6, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Legislation Aims to Fix Bad OLC Decision that Stymies IGs



Department of Justice Sign POGO supports the bipartisan Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2015.

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Topics: Government Accountability

October 16, 2015

By Daniel Van Schooten

U.S. Embraces Conditional Aid for Afghanistan



John Sopko SIGAR Speech Beginning to impose conditions on our aid to Afghanistan may help incentivize systemic changes within the Afghan government, especially in the areas of sexual abuse prevention and anti-corruption.

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Topics: Government Accountability

October 6, 2015

By Daniel Van Schooten

Secret Service Investigation Used to Identify Whistleblowers



Department of Homeland Security The DHS Office of the Inspector General has allowed officials from the agency being investigated to participate in the inquiry. Is it any surprise that the inquiry is now being used to identify whistleblowers?

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

August 12, 2015

By Joe Newman

VA IG Drops Subpoena for POGO’s Whistleblower Records



VA IG Linda Halliday July 2015 Testimony The Office of Inspector General at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has dropped its demand for POGO to turn over records related to the more than 800 VA whistleblowers.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

August 10, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Preventing a New Chapter of “Vacuous” Oversight



Afghanistan Soldier Reconstruction A new comparative analysis found that DoD IG oversight of Afghanistan is a woefully inadequate substitute for the work the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) performs exposing waste, fraud, and abuse in Afghanistan.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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