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July 24, 2015

By Danielle Brian

Department of Justice’s Decision Undercuts, Weakens Federal Watchdogs



U.S. Capitol IGs cannot be effective watchdogs on behalf of Congress and the American public if they have to negotiate with agency leaders for access to records on a case-by-case basis.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 24, 2015

By Daniel Shlien

Watching the Watchdogs: GAO Finds Problems with Commerce IG



Todd Zinser A recent GAO report highlights deficiencies of the Commerce Department's Office of Inspector General under the former IG.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 21, 2015

By Danielle Brian

We’re Not Impressed with DoD Inspector General’s Lackluster Investigation of Navy Officials



Navy Admiral John Richardson Unfortunately we're not surprised to find that the Department of Defense Inspector General did not hold senior Pentagon officials accountable.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 2, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

The VA’s Office of Inspector General Has No Clothes



Danielle Brian testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee The Veterans Affairs Inspector General tries to defend its poor performance when it should be trying to find solutions to its problems.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 30, 2015

By Danielle Brian

POGO Welcomes Leadership Change at VA Inspector General



Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington DC Richard Griffin’s decision to step down from his leadership role at the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Veterans Affairs is welcome news.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

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