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May 14, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

Former Pentagon Acting IG Cashes In with No Accountability



Photo of Lynne Halbrooks Lynne Halbrooks, a former acting Inspector General at the Department of Defense, has managed to spin through the revolving door and secure a job with a major law firm that represents one of the top contractors overseen by her former agency.

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Topics: Government Accountability

April 30, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

SIGAR Warns of Drastic Drawdown in Afghanistan Oversight



Afghanistan Possible Oversight Access 2914 The U.S. has appropriated about $110 billion over 14 years attempting to rebuild Afghanistan, and $15 billion remains unspent as of March 2015. But there may not be enough watchdogs left to adequately oversee how the remaining money is spent, according to testimony prepared by John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

April 27, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

House Acquisition “Reform” Bill Guts Key Weapons Development Oversight Provisions



Acquisition Games thumbnail Weapon acquisition reform legislation under consideration in the House Armed Services committee will only increase risks and costs and hurt our future modernization efforts.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

April 24, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Petraeus Sentence Adds Insult to Injury for Whistleblowers



Photo of General David Petraeus The final turn in Petraeus’s case—his sentence—would be laughable if it wasn’t so insulting to the national security whistleblowers who face decades in prison for leaking classified information in order to stop our government from acting illegally or uncon

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections, National Security

April 17, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Attempting to Put the Revolving Door Out of Service



Revolving Door Freshman Representative introduces toughest anti-revolving door legislation yet, targeting his colleagues that go from elected office to lobbying.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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