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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

March 20, 2015

By David S. Hilzenrath

State Department Watchdog Didn’t Bark About Clinton Email



State Department The State Department Inspector General gathered data a year ago showing that few Department emails were being preserved as official records, but the internal watchdog did not release the report until Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account became a top story.

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 16, 2015

By Andre Francisco

VA Executive May Have Directed IG to Smear Employee



Veterans Affairs Seal The Inspectors General of the Treasury Department and the Veterans Affairs Department are battling it out over whether the VA IG retaliated against a former employee by issuing a report alleging the employee engaged in serious misconduct.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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