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August 25, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

To Safeguard the Military, Congress Must Protect Whistleblowers



U.S. Army Soldiers Salute Far too often, whistleblowers are unfairly punished for their efforts to bring accountability to the armed services, and the systems in place to protect them are completely inadequate.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

August 24, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

U.S. Spending in Afghanistan: A Credit to Oversight



U.S. Army Afghanistan Bazaar With billions in U.S. tax dollars still left to be spent on reconstruction in Afghanistan, it’s critical that the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction continue his oversight role.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

August 10, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Preventing a New Chapter of “Vacuous” Oversight



Afghanistan Soldier Reconstruction A new comparative analysis found that DoD IG oversight of Afghanistan is a woefully inadequate substitute for the work the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) performs exposing waste, fraud, and abuse in Afghanistan.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 17, 2015

By Lyndle Berryhill

ICYMI: Big News for Inspectors General (But Where’s the VA IG?)



Danielle Brian testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee There have been several important developments since the Project On Government Oversight’s Danielle Brian testified at a June 3 hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Inspector General vacancies and threats to IG independence.

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Topics: Government Accountability

May 22, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Afghanistan Watchdog Hunts $36 Million White Elephant



Photograph of the Afghanistan White Elephant Building The Afghanistan reconstruction watchdog released its findings regarding an unused command facility at Camp Leatherneck that cost taxpayers $36 million.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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