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January 4, 2016

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Senator Who Fought Wasteful Super Collider Passes Away



Dale Bumpers Dale Bumpers, former Senator and Governor from Arkansas, passed away on January 1 at the age of 90. While in the Senate he led the fight with POGO to cancel the Superconducting Super Collider program, and worked to reform hard rock mining laws.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources, National Security

December 23, 2015

By David S. Hilzenrath

After Problems Revealed, FDA Seeks Solutions for Blood Testing Devices



Picture of a drop of blood on thumb. The FDA has scheduled a public meeting to discuss issues related to the safety and effectiveness of point of care PT/INR blood testing devices. The devices measure the clotting rates of patients on the blood thinner warfarin and are used to prevent incorre

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Topics: Public Health and Science

December 23, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Congress Locks Pentagon into Commercial Item Ripoffs



Screenshot of the cover of Report number DODIG-2014-088 New legislation and industry concerns might have killed a Defense Department commercial item buying rule that would have prevented wasteful spending. We'll have to wait until next year, but it certainly looks like the Pentagon is locked into more bad deals

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Topics: Contract Oversight

December 17, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Many Top Federal Contractors Have Human Rights Violations



Royal Dutch Shell Gas Station As Human Rights Week wraps up, we invite the public to explore our Federal Contractor Misconduct Database for instances in which the federal government's largest suppliers were alleged or found to have violated basic human rights and freedoms.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

December 14, 2015

By Jacob Marx

Safety Board Slams Pantex for Lax Emergency Preparedness



Photo of a billboard with Uncle Sam calling for better safety at Pantex. Pantex's disaster preparedness problems include a lack of training for staff, poor communication with public safety personnel, and inefficient decision-making tools for emergencies.

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Topics: National Security

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Fly Before You Buy: Tom Christie on Realistic Combat Testing

The Project On Government Oversight's Dan Grazier recently sat down with Tom Christie, a former Director of Operational Test & Evaluation at the DoD from 2001-2005, to talk about the critical need for realistic combat testing before the Pentagon buys new weapons.