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January 25, 2016

By Mandy Smithberger

New York Times: Sticking Points Bedevil F-35 Jet



Danielle Brian Retro Report NYT F35 A recent video from The New York Times and Retro Report features POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian explaining how the Pentagon's largest procurement program went wrong.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

January 22, 2016

By Sean Moulton

Government Ending Contractor ID Monopoly



USA Spending Federal Contracts Grants To track the recipients of taxpayer dollars, the government has been paying millions each year to rent a system from the private sector. But that monopoly may soon be ending.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

January 20, 2016

By Jacob Marx

Nuke Year Resolutions



MOX Savannah River Site Aerial This year POGO has a resolution for the Department of Energy: stop wasting money on flawed nuclear construction projects at the Hanford Site and the Savannah River Site.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

January 12, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

House Starts 2016 with FOIA Reform; Eyes on the Senate Now



POGO's 2010 FOIA request The House of Representatives passed the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act, the bipartisan answer to problems that have plagued those who use the Freedom of Information Act for years. It is now up to the Senate to pass this important legislation and get

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 8, 2016

By Sean Moulton

9/11 Responders Get Permanent Health Care Benefits



9/11 First Responders Congress deserves credit for finally passing permanent health care benefits for 9/11 responders as 2015 was winding down.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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The Congressional Management Foundation offers the Gold Mouse Awards annually to members of Congress who make the most of the opportunity the digital world offers them. POGO spoke with members of Rep. Mike Honda's communications team about their award.