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November 2, 2015

By Neil Gordon

DoD Pays Premium for Gas Station in Afghanistan



The photograph shows the pumps at the CNG filling station constructed by TFBSO in Sheberghan, Afghanistan. The Pentagon won't explain why it spent nearly $43 million to build a gas station in Afghanistan that shouldn't have cost more than $500,000.

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Topics: Government Accountability

October 29, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Time to Retire the “Hastert Rule” and Return to Order



2012 Photograph of Congressman Ryan after being introduced as New Speaker of the House Paul Ryan should retire the "Hastert Rule" and lead the House of Representatives back to a place where genuine debate guides the legislating process.

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Topics: Government Accountability

October 19, 2015

By Sean Moulton

Congress Adds Insult to 9/11 Injuries



9/11 Dust Debris Firefighters Congress lets funding for 9/11 medical assistance for first responders expire, which is just the latest in a series of poor government actions around health and safety issues surrounding the 9/11 attacks.

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Topics: Government Accountability

October 16, 2015

By Daniel Van Schooten

U.S. Embraces Conditional Aid for Afghanistan



John Sopko SIGAR Speech Beginning to impose conditions on our aid to Afghanistan may help incentivize systemic changes within the Afghan government, especially in the areas of sexual abuse prevention and anti-corruption.

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Topics: Government Accountability

October 15, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Who’s Ripping Off the Government Now? The Government!



GSA IT GSA Profit The General Services Administration charges other agencies fees when they use GSA-established contracts. Those fees have provided a slush fund to GSA that exceeds $1 billion.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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