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August 17, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Groups Hold Boot Camp to Improve Congressional Oversight



Congressional Oversight Boot Camp POGO, the Levin Center, and The Lugar Center conducted the first Congressional Oversight Boot Camp to teach Hill staffers techniques and best practices for conducting effective bipartisan oversight.

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Topics: Government Accountability

August 10, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Preventing a New Chapter of “Vacuous” Oversight



Afghanistan Soldier Reconstruction A new comparative analysis found that DoD IG oversight of Afghanistan is a woefully inadequate substitute for the work the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) performs exposing waste, fraud, and abuse in Afghanistan.

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Topics: Government Accountability

August 7, 2015

By Daniel Shlien

All Means All: Departments Must Stop Restricting OIG Access



Danielle Brian testifying at IG hearing - August 2015 When does “all” not mean “all”? Watchdogs throughout the federal government are confronting this question in the wake of new legal opinion at the Department of Justice.

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Topics: Government Accountability

August 7, 2015

By Adam Zagorin

Yes, America’s Psychologists Abetted Torture Interrogations



Photograph of Captive Hands The American Psychological Association is holding its annual meeting under the shadow of a new report on the Association and CIA torture, and a host of serious oversight questions.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 28, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Congress, Pentagon Must Re-Evaluate F-35 in Light of Serious Deficiencies



Navy maintainers stand by a grounded F-35 A POGO analysis of the F-35's capabilities describes how the fighter can't perform one of its key advertised missions—a failure that POGO says should prompt Congress and the Pentagon to conduct a complete re-evaluation of the $1.4 trillion program.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

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