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November 8, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Tiny Bubbles: Afghan Reconstruction Oversight Shrinks



Oversight in Afghanistan 2014 The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan reconstruction is predicting an oversight access gap in the future. The troop drawdown is going to make it impossible to oversee many reconstruction projects that have been completed or are under construction.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 25, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

DoD OIG Expands into “Buy American” Compliance



National Security POGO urged the Defense Department Inspector General to expand its audit into domestic preference laws. The IG recently announced that is would expand the audit, and now it will investigate DoD compliance with the Berry Amendment and the Buy American Act.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 15, 2013

By Jamie Neikrie

Watchdog Reports Security Weaknesses at State Department



State Department Months after a federal Accountability Review Board advised the Department of State on ways to prevent future tragedies like the deadly September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, State has yet to implement many of the recomme

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Topics: National Security

October 3, 2013

By Christine Anderson

Open Government Closed, Watchdogs Shut Out



Collection of website shutdowns As the federal government shuts down, so do the watchdogs responsible for keeping our government open and accountable.

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Topics: Government Accountability

September 27, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

The ATF Loses 2.1 Million Cartons of Cigarettes and Other Wasteful Mistakes



Cigarettes A 68-page audit of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) released yesterday revealed some startling examples of wasteful spending and face-palm worthy screw-ups, like when federal agents misplaced 2.1 million cartons of cigarettes, with a retail of more than $127 million. Finders-keepers for some lucky smoker out there.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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