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May 10, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

Challenge to False Claims Act Falls Flat at House Hearing



Cash Stack A House Judiciary subcommittee held a hearing examining possible changes to the incentive structure of the False Claims Act. Most of the potential changes consisted of either decreasing the liability of perpetrators or making it harder for whistleblowers t

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

April 15, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

A Good American Asks for Transparency



A Good American Film Screenshot Whistleblowers join forces with Austrian director in documentary to increase efforts to declassify Department of Defense Inspector General’s Report.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, National Security

April 14, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Why is DOE Still Funding Fights against Whistleblowers?



Senator Ed Markey wrote to the Secretary of Energy seeking answers about the Department's practice of reimbursing legal costs incurred by contractors in cases where they committed illegal conduct such as discrimination or whistleblower retaliation.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources, Contract Oversight

March 23, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Some Issues POGO Highlighted with OSC Fixed in House Bill



Office of Special Counsel Issues POGO raised in a 2008 report about the Office of Special Counsel were addressed in a recent House Bill.

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Topics: Open Government, Whistleblower Protections

March 14, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

VA Inspector General Confronted over Feeble Investigations



Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington DC In a letter to the President, Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner put the VA's Office of the Inspector General in the spotlight over how it failed to fully investigate allegations of secret wait lists for mental health patients.

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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.