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August 26, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

Watchdogs and Whistleblowers: A Progress Report



IG Ombudsman Many federal watchdogs have posted clear and comprehensive information about whistleblower protection ombudsmen on their websites, according to a review by the Project On Government Oversight. However, several watchdogs—most notably the Inspectors General at the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Agency for International Development—have done little to publicize their ombudsmen online, and may be missing an important opportunity to inform agency employees of their whistleblower rights.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

August 26, 2014

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Another Take on FOIA Objections by Contractors



Open Government Openness expert responds to a POGO blog; details his cautious approach when he objected to the release of government information for client.

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Topics: Open Government

August 25, 2014

By Peter Stockton

No More Excuses for Failing to Downblend



Highly Enriched Uranium If the government sped up dismantlement and highly enriched uranium downblending efforts, the United States and the world would be a safer place—and the government might make a few (million) dollars, too.

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Topics: National Security

August 25, 2014

By Max Johnson

Billions of Dollars in Federal Spending Not Reported



Cash Stack A June report from the Government Accountability Office reveals that federal agencies underreported $619 billion in grants and other federal assistance spending during FY 2012 to the USAspending.gov website.

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Topics: Government Accountability

August 21, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Charles Lewis’ New Book Looks at the Lies Your President Told You and Other Mistruths



Chuck Lewis Charles Lewis’ new book, 935 Lies—The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity, expands upon a Center for Public Integrity project that tracked the number of false statements that the President George W. Bush administration told in the two-year build up to the war in Iraq.

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Topics: National Security

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