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August 24, 2016

By Neil Gordon

SEC Secures Another Win for Whistleblower Rights



Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) For the second time in less than a week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) scored a win for whistleblower rights when it fined Health Net $340,000 for using severance agreements to silence former employees.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, Contract Oversight

August 18, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

POGO’s 2016 Summer Reading List



Girl sitting on a lawn reading a good government book like the ones chosen each summer by POGO Summer is coming to an end but there’s still time to reenergize yourself with a book that matters! Take your pick of the latest books on nuclear policy, national security, or government oversight (or in some cases, lack thereof.)

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources, National Security, Financial Sector, Public Health and Science, Contract Oversight

August 9, 2016

By Neil Gordon

New Insights into DoD Luxury Villas in Afghanistan



The luxury villas used by the Afghanistan Pentagon Task Force could easily have been featured on MTVs Cribs. A former employee of a controversial Pentagon task force came forward with stories—and photos—of one of the most notorious examples of wasteful spending in the Afghanistan reconstruction.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

August 8, 2016

By Carter Salis

Lack of Oversight in Missile Defense Acquisition Leads to Waste



Photograph of the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle prototype A recent report by the Union for Concerned Scientists reveals that more than $40 billion has been spent over 15 years on a missile defense system that has questionable operational ability.

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Topics: National Security

July 18, 2016

By Nicholas Pacifico

Improper Payments: $1 Trillion of Simple Mistakes



Money Payments Dollars Sign 120 The federal government’s improper payments have cost taxpayers over $1 trillion since 2003.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

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