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July 30, 2015

By Joe Newman

Failures at the VA Expose "Oversight at Its Worst," POGO Tells Senate Panel



Danielle Brian testifies before a Senate panel POGO’s investigation into abuses within the VA uncovered many whistleblowers who said they were afraid to approach the VA Office of Inspector General (IG) because of the VA’s toxic culture of retaliation and intimidation

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

July 7, 2015

By Spencer Brignac

In Snowden’s Wake: New Book Examines Needed Intelligence Reforms



Crowd carrying Edward Snowden masks Regardless of how you view Edward Snowden, Ronald Goldfarb’s new book shows that Snowden’s revelations have forever altered America’s political landscape.

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Topics: Open Government, Whistleblower Protections

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

June 11, 2015

By Danielle Brian

POGO Stands by Army Whistleblower Lt. Col. Jason Amerine



Screenshot of Lt. Colonel Jason Luke Amerine Lt. Col. Jason Amerine, who his today testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee, is being retaliated against for making protected whistleblower disclosures to House Armed Services committee member Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) regarding dysfunctions in recovering American hostages, including Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. POGO stands by Lt. Col. Amerine and urges Congress to expand protections for all military whistleblowers.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, National Security

June 10, 2015

By POGO Staff

POGO Honored for Coverage of VA Scandal, Prosecutorial Misconduct, Revolving Door



Michael Smallberg, David Hilzenrath, and Lydia Dennett at the 2015 SPJDC Chapter Awards POGO won five awards for excellence in journalism Tuesday from the Society of Professional Journalists D.C. Chapter, making it the biggest winner when the 2015 awards were announced at the National Press Club.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

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The Congressional Management Foundation offers the Gold Mouse Awards annually to members of Congress who make the most of the opportunity the digital world offers them. POGO spoke with members of Rep. Mike Honda's communications team about their award.