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August 19, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Former CRS Researcher Calls for Public Access



Library of Congress Card Catalogs Concerns about making Congressional Research Service reports public are unfounded according to former CRS employee.

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Topics: Government Accountability

August 18, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Bipartisan Boot Camp Helps Congressional Staff Sharpen Oversight Skills



Congressional Oversight Boot Camp Attendee Writing Current Hill staffers honed investigative skills by working in bipartisan groups at the Congressional Oversight Boot Camp, as reported by National Journal.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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

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