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March 28, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

Persistent Deficiencies in Compensation for Nuclear Workers



NNSA Nuclear Dismantlement A recent GAO report highlights progress, but also problems, in the implementation of a program that compensates workers who became sick as a result of producing and testing nuclear weapons.

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 24, 2016

By David S. Hilzenrath

FDA to Tighten Standards for Blood-Test Devices



Venipuncture Tackling a problem POGO spotlighted, the FDA plans to tighten standards for error-prone blood-testing devices linked to deaths and injuries in patients taking the blood thinner warfarin.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Public Health and Science

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 21, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Is the Government Too Transparent?



Photograph of the debate between Bruce Cain and Chuck Lewis on Is Our Government Too Open? To celebrate Sunshine Week, two noted scholars debated the question “Is Our Government Too Open?”

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Topics: Open Government

March 18, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

DHS Took 9 Years to Reject FOIA Request for Katrina Records



New Orleans After a delay of over nine years, POGO finally received a response to a 2006 FOIA request regarding a potential conflict of interest when four massive sole-sourced contracts were awarded without any objective evaluation criteria.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

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