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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

January 15, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Congress Reins In Excessive Pensions for Top Brass



Gen. Martin Dempsey Congress addresses the financial costs of star creep by cutting excessive pensions and perks for military officers that are in excess of what they received when they were serving in uniform.

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Topics: National Security

December 17, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Year-End Spending Bill Loaded with Pork and Boondoggles



Government Accountability In its rush to recess for the year, Congress enacted a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill, called the "cromnibus," which funded gobs of pork at the Pentagon and Department of Energy.

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Topics: National Security

December 15, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Navy Tries to Cover Up New Carrier’s Exploding Cost



Ford Carrier The Navy is trying to cover up the total cost of its new aircraft carrier, which is $2.4 billion over budget and climbing.

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Topics: National Security

December 9, 2014

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

POGO Asks Pentagon for Better Tracking of Service Contracts



National Security DoD is shirking its legal responsibilities to monitor and improve the size, spending, and functions of the service contracting workforce. The result is wasted money that could be spent on equipment, training, and support that DoD and soldiers need.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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