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December 17, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Year-End Spending Bill Loaded with Pork and Boondoggles



Government Accountability In its rush to recess for the year, Congress enacted a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill, called the "cromnibus," which funded gobs of pork at the Pentagon and Department of Energy.

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Topics: National Security

December 16, 2014

By Lydia Dennett

Oversight of Foreign Lobbying Suffers From Neglect, Indifference and Lack of Transparency



FARA Report A federal law meant to track U.S. political activity by foreign interests suffers from lax enforcement, shoddy record keeping, glaring loopholes and in many cases outright disregard by the firms hired to lobby on behalf of foreign entities, according to a report published today by POGO.

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Topics: National Security

December 15, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Navy Tries to Cover Up New Carrier’s Exploding Cost



Ford Carrier The Navy is trying to cover up the total cost of its new aircraft carrier, which is $2.4 billion over budget and climbing.

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Topics: National Security

November 20, 2014

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

CMRR-NF Cancelled, but Questions Linger



Nuclear Symbol The Department of Energy cancelled plans to construct the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement – Nuclear Facility (CMRR-NF). DOE plans to update existing facilities and to construct modular facilities, but questions still linger.

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Topics: National Security

November 19, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Pentagon Still Plans to Blow Through Its Allowance



Ohio Class Submarine An independent budget watchdog has analyzed the Pentagon's budget plans, and found that it is underestimating its long-term costs.

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Topics: National Security

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