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June 10, 2015

By POGO Staff

POGO Honored for Coverage of VA Scandal, Prosecutorial Misconduct, Revolving Door



Michael Smallberg, David Hilzenrath, and Lydia Dennett at the 2015 SPJDC Chapter Awards POGO won five awards for excellence in journalism Tuesday from the Society of Professional Journalists D.C. Chapter, making it the biggest winner when the 2015 awards were announced at the National Press Club.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

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

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