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January 22, 2018

By Nick Schwellenbach

DHS Showdown with Watchdog Over Travel Ban Report Partially Resolved



DHS OIG Redacted Report OTG POGO The Department of Homeland Security and its Office of Inspector General moved beyond an impasse over the public issuance of a report on the Department’s bungled rollout of President Trump’s travel ban. But parts of the report are still veiled in secrecy.

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 19, 2018

By Peter Tyler

Record-Breaking National Disaster Recovery Budget Should Include Ample Oversight



Puerto Rico flooded Recovery from the 2017 hurricanes will mean tens of billions of dollars in federal disaster spending. Oversight of such large amounts will be vital, and providing adequate funds for that oversight will ensure that the recovery money is effectively spent, a

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 17, 2018

By Nicholas Trevino

Majority of Americans Believe Govt Does Bad Job Fighting Corruption



Danielle Brian Speaking at Transparency International's US Corruption Barometer 2017 event. POGO’s Executive Director, Danielle Brian, spoke on a panel about Americans’ growing fears about government corruption during Transparency International’s release of the 2017 U.S. Corruption Barometer.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

January 10, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Audit Finds Pentagon Task Force Squandered Millions, Had Few Successes



SIGAR abandoned goat farm A Pentagon office that spent $675 million on economic development projects in Afghanistan was rife with waste and achieved “mixed results,” according to an audit report released this week by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

December 21, 2017

By Danielle Brian

Keeping the Independence of the Special Counsel: The President Should Support—Not Interfere With—Investigations Into His Administration



Robert Mueller Attempting to influence or shut down the Special Counsel, an authorized, independent law enforcement investigation, undermines a cornerstone foundation upon which America was built: that we are a nation based on laws, not merely subjective decisions of se

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

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