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February 12, 2015

By Joe Newman

POGO’s Suggested Congressional Priorities and Legislative Reforms



Baker's Dozen Doughnu We’re calling it our “Baker’s Dozen,” a set of recommendations aimed at making the federal government more transparent, more accountable and more ethical.

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Topics: Government Accountability

December 4, 2014

By Jessica Murphy

VA Whistleblowers Receive Public Servant of the Year Award



whistleblowers2 The Office of Special Counsel celebrated the role of whistleblowers across the country in honoring three physicians who blew the whistle at VA medical centers, reflecting positive changes at the OSC.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

October 6, 2014

By David S. Hilzenrath

One Man's Nightmarish Journey Through the Troubled VA



Photograph of Steven Massong Army veteran Steven P. Massong's nightmare began after a routine procedure at a VA hospital in 2005 led to the amputations of his right foot and scrotum. In the nine years since, he has been lost in a bureaucratic quagmire trying to get the disability bene

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 30, 2014

By David S. Hilzenrath

At VA, Complaint Couched in Humor Was a Punishable Offense



Shopping Cart VA employee and whistleblower Stuart Kallio was reprimanded for sending a satirical email in which he imagined his life as a “Homeless Supervisor” after his cubicle was given to someone else.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

July 30, 2014

By Lydia Dennett

POGO Letter to VA Secretary Prompts Congressional Action



VA Seal The Representatives from Arizona sent a letter to Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson requesting an investigation into allegations POGO reported last week regarding the new interim director of the VA Southwest Health Care Network who allegedly retaliated agai

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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The Congressional Management Foundation offers the Gold Mouse Awards annually to members of Congress who make the most of the opportunity the digital world offers them. POGO spoke with members of Rep. Mike Honda's communications team about their award.