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August 24, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

U.S. Spending in Afghanistan: A Credit to Oversight



U.S. Army Afghanistan Bazaar With billions in U.S. tax dollars still left to be spent on reconstruction in Afghanistan, it’s critical that the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction continue his oversight role.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

August 6, 2015

By Adam Zagorin

Clinton Emails: Inside Response to POGO’s Kabul Embassy Exposé



Hillary Clinton Secretary Clinton's newly released emails from 2009 show that the State Department saw itself primarily in a battle to limit public relations damage that could arise from the Kabul Embassy scandal.

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Topics: Open Government, Contract Oversight

July 21, 2015

By Katie Cooney

Report Sheds More Light on Misconduct by Nuclear Contractor



Sandia National Laboratories Sign Nuclear contractor Sandia Corporation illegally used federal funds for lobbying, but will still likely be able to rebid for the billion dollar contract.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 13, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

USAID’s Partner Vetting System: Controversial but Necessary



Photo of US Aid in Action The United States Agency for International Development’s Partner Vetting System isn't without controversy, but it is possible to find the right balance to ensure taxpayer dollars don't go to terrorists.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

July 10, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Court Upholds Federal Ban on Pay-to-Play



Photo of Donkey Hotey Campaign Finance Reform cartoon A federal appeals court unanimously upheld the ban on contractor campaign contributions. The court ruled that the ban is supported by the compelling interest of preventing corruption.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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