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May 22, 2014

By Lydia Dennett

Energy Secretary Announces Commission to Study National Labs



Aerial Photograph of the Lawrence Livermore National Lab The Secretary of Energy has announced nine scientific experts who will spend the next year reviewing the effectiveness of Department of Energy laboratories.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

May 21, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

What's Happening With the Biggest Bill of the Year



Missile Defense This week, the House of Representatives is considering its annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes more than $600 billion in national security spending and sets defense policies for Fiscal Year 2015.

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Topics: National Security

May 21, 2014

By Joshua Christensen

DoD IG Narrowing Whistleblower Protections



whistleblowers2 The DoD IG must reconsider its ruling that restricts who can receive a protected disclosure from contractor employees. The IG is ignoring the law and making it more difficult for whistleblowers to expose waste, fraud, and abuse.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

May 19, 2014

By Neil Gordon

DynCorp, Northrop Overcharge for Anti-Terrorism Program



Contract Oversight POGO obtained a Pentagon Inspector General report not released to the public that found Northrop Grumman and DynCorp International overcharged the government more than $91 million on a counter-terrorism contract, including $3 million for labor hours that e

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 4, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Hearing Spotlights Afghanistan Corruption and Waste



Oversight in Afghanistan 2014 The $100 billion U.S. reconstruction effort in Afghanistan was on the hot seat on Capitol Hill.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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