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April 30, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

SIGAR Warns of Drastic Drawdown in Afghanistan Oversight



Afghanistan Possible Oversight Access 2914 The U.S. has appropriated about $110 billion over 14 years attempting to rebuild Afghanistan, and $15 billion remains unspent as of March 2015. But there may not be enough watchdogs left to adequately oversee how the remaining money is spent, according to testimony prepared by John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

April 9, 2015

By Joe Newman

Whistleblower Groups Urge President Obama to Fire Commerce Inspector General



Todd Zinser A coalition of whistleblower advocates are calling on President Obama to fire Commerce Department Inspector General Todd Zinser for his history of retaliating against whistleblowers and creating a hostile environment for those who might want to report wron

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

April 7, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Afghanistan Oversight: Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen?



The end of Operation Enduring Freedom and the beginning of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel on January 1, 2015, are creating a bureaucratic stir in Washington. The result might be a turf battle by Inspectors General and a loss of much needed oversight.

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Topics: Government Accountability

April 2, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Report Finds Shaky Whistleblower Support by Big Contractors



Whistleblower Protections A State Department Inspector General report found that some of the government's largest contractors have confidentiality policies that may have a chilling effect on whistleblowers.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

April 1, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Watchdog Scrutinizes Pentagon Spending in Afghanistan



Afghan Security Forces The Department of Defense provided an incomplete picture of the billions of dollars it has obligated for Afghanistan reconstruction.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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