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December 16, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Federal Fraud Recoveries Bounce Back in FY 2016



Cash Stack The Justice Department recovered more than $4.7 billion through False Claims Act cases in fiscal year 2016—a sizable increase over last year’s total, and the federal government’s third highest annual fraud recovery ever.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

December 16, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

NRC Fines Nuclear Power Plant for Fire Safety Violation



NRC Engineering Area Assistant Lead Inspector Atif Shaikh examines pipes during the 95003 inspection at the Browns Ferry plant. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission fined the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant $140,000 for safety violations involving fire watch and suppression procedures.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

December 15, 2016

By Adam Zagorin

NSA Watchdog Removed for Whistleblower Retaliation



Photo of the NSA buildings at night In 2014, top NSA watchdog George Ellard publicly argued that Snowden could have safely reported the allegations of NSA’s domestic surveillance directly to him. Ellard has since been terminated after a high-level Intelligence Community panel found that he h

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, National Security

December 14, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Watchdog Sheds New Light on Afghanistan Luxury Villas



Photograph of a Task Force villas in Kabul, included in 11/25/15 letter from Special Inspector General John Sopko to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter Sadly, new information about the Pentagon’s $150 million luxury villas in Afghanistan recently disclosed by SIGAR in a letter to Congress may be the final word on this controversial project.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

December 14, 2016

By Mandy Smithberger

Overhaul of Littoral Combat Ship Program Likely to Increase Risks and Costs



Littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS1). U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez/ Released. The Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship program provides a step-by-step case study in acquisition failures and the costs and risks of unacceptable levels of concurrency. Moreover, it shows how Congress repeatedly failed to intervene despite warnings from independe

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Topics: National Security

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