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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

September 26, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Senate Questions IG Report on Secret Service Prostitution Scandal



DHS Seal Recent allegations suggest that the inspector general in charge of investigating the 2012 Secret Service prostitution incident intentionally withheld information from his public report and delayed the release of his findings until after the 2012 election.

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Topics: Government Accountability

September 20, 2013

By Neil Gordon

Audit Finds Serious Flaws in Navy Security Screening



National Security A Pentagon Inspector General report released this week finds major flaws in a security system used to regulate contractor access to Navy facilities.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

September 18, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Inspectors General Concerned About Budget Cuts and Staff Vacancies



IG Survey Graph A survey of inspectors general (IG) released yesterday discovered that they have been significantly affected by the sequester and other budget cuts.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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