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July 13, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

USAID’s Partner Vetting System: Controversial but Necessary



Photo of US Aid in Action The United States Agency for International Development’s Partner Vetting System isn't without controversy, but it is possible to find the right balance to ensure taxpayer dollars don't go to terrorists.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

July 13, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Why the NDAA is Much Bigger than Just the Defense Budget



Sen. John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Service Committee The annual behemoth defense spending bill has become the method of choice for a lot of elected officials to shuttle unpopular legislation through Congress in near secrecy.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 2, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

The VA’s Office of Inspector General Has No Clothes



Danielle Brian testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee The Veterans Affairs Inspector General tries to defend its poor performance when it should be trying to find solutions to its problems.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 1, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Application of FOIA in Army Case Leaves Much to be Desired



Man in a military uniform removing folders from a filing cabinet U.S. Central Command is misusing the Freedom of Information Act to hide a report on war crimes in Afghanistan.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

June 30, 2015

By Danielle Brian

POGO Welcomes Leadership Change at VA Inspector General



Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington DC Richard Griffin’s decision to step down from his leadership role at the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Veterans Affairs is welcome news.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

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