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March 18, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

DHS Took 9 Years to Reject FOIA Request for Katrina Records



New Orleans After a delay of over nine years, POGO finally received a response to a 2006 FOIA request regarding a potential conflict of interest when four massive sole-sourced contracts were awarded without any objective evaluation criteria.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

March 15, 2016

By Justin Rood

Group of Bipartisan Experts Reveal Dirty Legislative Secret



U.S. Capitol A bipartisan group of experts are pointing out a dirty secret of the legislative branch: its penchant for funding new agencies and programs far outpaces its investment in staff to oversee all of it.

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 14, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

VA Inspector General Confronted over Feeble Investigations



Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington DC In a letter to the President, Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner put the VA's Office of the Inspector General in the spotlight over how it failed to fully investigate allegations of secret wait lists for mental health patients.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

February 9, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

Radioactive Pork Finally on the Chopping Block



MOX Savannah River Site Aerial An internal memo obtained by the Project On Government Oversight shows that the Department of Energy is shifting focus away from the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MOX).

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

February 2, 2016

By Jacob Marx

Whistleblowers Call for Inquiry into LANL Employee’s Death



Los Alamos National Lab LANL Nuclear Watch New Mexico and former investigators at a U.S. nuclear weapons lab seek to reopen the case of the death of former Deputy Director for Operations Richard Burick before competition begins on a new lab contract.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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