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July 12, 2013

By Neil Gordon

A White Elephant and Toxic Air at Camp Leatherneck



Camp Leatherneck The Afghanistan reconstruction watchdog found two egregious examples of waste at Camp Leatherneck.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 8, 2013

By Jack Scher

IRS Using Tax Dollars for Entertainment and Party Supplies



Party Hats According to a report, some IRS employees abused agency purchase cards by making a number of ridiculous purchases.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 8, 2013

By Andre Francisco

IG Report That Scrubbed Panetta Disclosure Gets Award



Zero Dark Thirty The inspector general team that wrote a report on the Pentagon’s cooperation with the makers of the film Zero Dark Thirty received a “Team of the Year” award despite the final report being scrubbed of some top secret disclosures.

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Topics: National Security

July 2, 2013

By Jana Persky

Obama Makes Second IG Nomination in Two Weeks



State Department President Barack Obama made progress toward filling the federal government’s longest-running inspector general (IG) vacancy with his nomination of Steve A. Linick for inspector general of the Department of State.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 27, 2013

By Jana Persky

Obama Nominates Watchdog for Defense Department



National Security After more than 18 months without one, the Pentagon may soon have a permanent inspector general (IG) after President Barack Obama nominated Jon Rymer for the job last Friday.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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