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April 24, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Meet the 3 Largest Recipients of State Dept. Afghan Aid



State Aid Chart Can the three largest recipients of State Department aid to Afghanistan—DynCorp, PAE, and Civilian Police International—be trusted with billions of taxpayer dollars?

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 11, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Judge in Blackwater Prosecution Seeks Probe of State Dept.



Contract Oversight A federal judge sharply criticized the State Department's decision to grant legal immunity to Blackwater guards involved in a 2007 shooting in Iraq. That decision nearly doomed the manslaughter case against the guards, which goes to trial in June.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 19, 2013

By Michael Smallberg

State Dept. Won’t Name Advisers Already in Government’s Public Database



State Department For four months, the State Department has refused to say which outside experts are working for the Department as special government employees (SGEs), ProPublica reported last week. Yet, the Project On Government Oversight was able to find more than 100 of the advisers identified as SGEs in an online government database. In other words, some of the information that State has been refusing to provide is hiding in plain sight.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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

September 20, 2013

By David S. Hilzenrath

State Dept. Corrects Testimony POGO Exposed as Misleading



Patrick Kennedy A week after the Project On Government Oversight exposed recent State Department testimony on embassy security as inaccurate and misleading, the Department has written a letter to members of the U.S. Senate acknowledging that its testimony was wrong and co

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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