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January 10, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Audit Finds Pentagon Task Force Squandered Millions, Had Few Successes



SIGAR abandoned goat farm A Pentagon office that spent $675 million on economic development projects in Afghanistan was rife with waste and achieved “mixed results,” according to an audit report released this week by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

December 21, 2017

By Danielle Brian

Keeping the Independence of the Special Counsel: The President Should Support—Not Interfere With—Investigations Into His Administration



Robert Mueller Attempting to influence or shut down the Special Counsel, an authorized, independent law enforcement investigation, undermines a cornerstone foundation upon which America was built: that we are a nation based on laws, not merely subjective decisions of se

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

December 12, 2017

By Jake Laperruque

As Clock Ticks Down on Warrantless-Surveillance Authority, Congress Races to the Bottom



Surveillance Camera Efforts by Congress to reauthorize the controversial warrantless-surveillance authority vary significantly for privacy and whistleblower protections, but the latest is by far the worst.

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Topics: Open Government, Whistleblower Protections, National Security

November 6, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Pentagon Nixes Release of Afghan Reconstruction Data—Again



Marines show Afghan National Police officers how to disassemble their new M16A2 assault rifles to clean them at Bost Airport in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, Aug. 16, 2017. For the second time in two years, the Pentagon has classified information on the capabilities of the Afghan security forces that was previously reported to the public. Will the Pentagon stand by its shaky justification, or will it have a change of heart li

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, National Security

October 23, 2017

By Laura Peterson

Border Agency Hasn’t Requested Funding for New Wall



Kevin McAleenan Despite President Trump’s claim that a border wall is crucial for our safety, the Department of Homeland Security hasn’t requested funding for new walls or fences since the last wall was mandated a decade ago.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

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