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August 18, 2016

By Nicholas Pacifico

POGO: DHS Should Follow Justice Dept., End Reliance on Private Prisons



Prison cells The Department of Homeland Security should follow the Justice Department’s lead and shut down its network of private prisons.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

August 12, 2016

By Lexi Curnin

DOT Turns to POGO Data for Contractor Cost Corroboration



Department of Transportation 50th Anniversary Seal The Department of Transportation noted the high cost of service contractors in a recent rule and cited data from a POGO report on the subject to support the agency’s cost analysis.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

August 9, 2016

By Neil Gordon

New Insights into DoD Luxury Villas in Afghanistan



The luxury villas used by the Afghanistan Pentagon Task Force could easily have been featured on MTVs Cribs. A former employee of a controversial Pentagon task force came forward with stories—and photos—of one of the most notorious examples of wasteful spending in the Afghanistan reconstruction.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

August 8, 2016

By Carter Salis

Watchdog Uncovers Contractor Fraud in U.S. Humanitarian Aid



Photograph of a patient being treated in Aleppo Hospital. More than $200 million in U.S. humanitarian aid to Syria has been frozen after a government watchdog began investigating allegations of contractor fraud. USAID has come under scrutiny for not implementing much needed financial oversight.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

August 4, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Watchdog Launches Criminal Investigation into Gold King Mine Spill



Colorado Animas River Toxic Mine Spill The EPA Office of Inspector General launched a criminal investigation into the Animas River toxic spill from the Gold King Mine in Colorado. The investigation was announced nearly a year after the spill.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Energy and Natural Resources, Contract Oversight

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Fly Before You Buy: Tom Christie on Realistic Combat Testing

The Project On Government Oversight's Dan Grazier recently sat down with Tom Christie, a former Director of Operational Test & Evaluation at the DoD from 2001-2005, to talk about the critical need for realistic combat testing before the Pentagon buys new weapons.