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May 9, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Watchdog Says Government Trying to Silence Embarrassing Afghanistan Reports



SIGAR Sopko John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), says the government is trying to interfere with his independent investigations because his reports are embarrassing to the White House and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, acco

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Topics: Contract Oversight

May 8, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Cell Phone Services Show Broken Buying System



Photograph of a Cell Phone Waiting Area Sign OMB's Norman Dong provided details about a federal agency with 13 comparable phone service plans that appear to be wasting taxpayer dollars.

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Topics: Contract Oversight, Government Accountability

April 29, 2013

By Andre Francisco

CIA Used Bags of Cash to Buy Influence in Afghanistan



Hamid Karzai The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been giving the office of Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan’s president, secret deliveries of cash for more than a decade, according to an article in The New York Times.

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Topics: National Security

April 25, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Feds Continue to Pay for Empty Bank Accounts



The White House The federal government will spend at least $890,000 this year on fees for empty bank accounts, according to an article in The Washington Post.

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Topics: Government Accountability

April 19, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

White House Takes on Federal vs. Contractor Employee Costs



Memo POGO supports the government's efforts to compare the cost of federal employees and contractors performing the same work because it currently lacks an effective way to compare the true costs when making hiring and contracting decisions.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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