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February 12, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Waste Disposal in Afghanistan: The Final Word



Incinerators The military's approach to solid waste disposal in Afghanistan was “haphazard and reactive,” not to mention health-endangering, according to a new report.

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Topics: Government Accountability

February 12, 2015

By Joe Newman

POGO’s Suggested Congressional Priorities and Legislative Reforms



Baker's Dozen Doughnu We’re calling it our “Baker’s Dozen,” a set of recommendations aimed at making the federal government more transparent, more accountable and more ethical.

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Topics: Government Accountability

February 4, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

Nuclear Official Allowed to Oversee Former Client



Frank Kotz at Y-12 The head of the National Nuclear Security Administration received an ethics waiver that allowed him to oversee the Bechtel Corporation—a federal contractor he had previously advised on its successful bid to manage facilities in the nuclear weapons complex.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

February 3, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

Watchdogs Need to Bark About Their Recommendations



Wolf It is important for inspectors general throughout the federal government to track the status of their recommendations and the money recovered for U.S. taxpayers, and to raise a ruckus when their words fall on deaf ears at the agencies they oversee.

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Topics: Government Accountability

February 3, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

The Fight Against Pseudo-Classification



Open Government It's only February, but its been a busy year on the open government front. The Transportation Security Administration's use of pseudo-classification markings has been criticized and the problem appears more like a pattern that a random instance.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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