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May 14, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

Former Pentagon Acting IG Cashes In with No Accountability



Photo of Lynne Halbrooks Lynne Halbrooks, a former acting Inspector General at the Department of Defense, has managed to spin through the revolving door and secure a job with a major law firm that represents one of the top contractors overseen by her former agency.

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Topics: Government Accountability

April 30, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

SIGAR Warns of Drastic Drawdown in Afghanistan Oversight



Afghanistan Possible Oversight Access 2914 The U.S. has appropriated about $110 billion over 14 years attempting to rebuild Afghanistan, and $15 billion remains unspent as of March 2015. But there may not be enough watchdogs left to adequately oversee how the remaining money is spent, according to testimony prepared by John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

October 30, 2014

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

DoD IG Pledges to Better Protect Contractor Whistleblowers



National Security The Department of Defense (DoD) Inspector General (IG) responded positively to a bipartisan Hill letter inquiring about a recent decision by his office that seemed to undermine contractor whistleblower protections.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

September 25, 2014

By Jessica Murphy

Hill Encourages DoD IG to Protect Contractor Whistleblowers



National Security A bipartisan group of Members of Congress sent a letter chastising the DoD Office of Inspector General for having an “extremely limited definition of Department of Defense personnel to whom contractor and subcontractor employees may make protected disclosu

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

July 28, 2014

By Michelle Li

House Committee Investigating Commerce IG Todd Zinser



Todd Zinser The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is conducting a bipartisan investigation into allegations that Department of Commerce Inspector General Todd Zinser has failed to discipline two of his closest aides, who were found to have intimidated employees that they perceived to be potential whistleblowers.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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