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March 1, 2012

By Neil Gordon

McCaskill, Webb Introduce Wartime Contracting Legislation that Could Save Taxpayers Billions



Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Jim Webb (D-VA) have introduced the Comprehensive Contingency Contracting Reform Act of 2012 (S. 2139), a bill that will greatly enhance transparency, sustainability, and accountability in overseas contingency operation

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Topics: Contract Oversight, Open Government

May 4, 2012

By Jake Wiens

Secret Service Prostitution Scandal Poses a Daunting Challenge for Homeland Security's Acting Inspector General



Jake Wiens Following news that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s Office of Inspector General (OIG) plans to be more directly involved in investigating the Secret Service prostitution scandal, some have concluded that Members of Congress--several of whom did

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Topics: Government Accountability

February 13, 2012

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Budget Breakdown: Rolling Analysis of Obama's FY 2013 Budget



The White House Today, POGO will be offering rolling analysis of President Obama's Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 budget. The budget is a blueprint for the initiatives the President would fund if he was unconstrained by Congress.

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Topics: Government Accountability

February 9, 2012

By Jake Wiens

New Keystone XL Pipeline Report: IG Vacancy Certain to Raise Credibility Questions



POGO has obtained the Special Review of the Keystone XL Pipeline conducted by the State Department Office of Inspector General, which is due to be made public tomorrow. An early report by Politico said the review found “no evidence of conflict of interest,

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 5, 2012

By Neil Gordon

Two Former Watchdogs Ring in the New Year on the Other Side of the Revolving Door



The Revolving Door Welcome to another episode of "As the Washington Revolving Door Turns." The two latest ex-government officials to land jobs with private companies formerly served as very high-profile watchdogs of those companies.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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