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January 19, 2018

By Peter Tyler

Record-Breaking National Disaster Recovery Budget Should Include Ample Oversight



Puerto Rico flooded Recovery from the 2017 hurricanes will mean tens of billions of dollars in federal disaster spending. Oversight of such large amounts will be vital, and providing adequate funds for that oversight will ensure that the recovery money is effectively spent, a

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 17, 2018

By Jake Laperruque

Facts on FISA: Correcting the Record on the Section 702 House Floor Debate



Capitol surveillance As we move forward with this new iteration of Section 702, it’s critical to look back at the debate and correct the record on inaccurate statements about this law and the proposals to reauthorize it. The following is a compilation of all factual errors tha

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Topics: Open Government, National Security

January 17, 2018

By Nicholas Trevino

Majority of Americans Believe Govt Does Bad Job Fighting Corruption



Danielle Brian Speaking at Transparency International's US Corruption Barometer 2017 event. POGO’s Executive Director, Danielle Brian, spoke on a panel about Americans’ growing fears about government corruption during Transparency International’s release of the 2017 U.S. Corruption Barometer.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

January 12, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Privatized Tax Collection Loses Money



Hands reaching out for money from a man with empty pockets For the third time the IRS hired contractors to collect unpaid federal taxes, and for the third time the effort is falling short: contractors are costing more than they are collecting while making a bad situation even worse for low-income taxpayers.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 10, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Audit Finds Pentagon Task Force Squandered Millions, Had Few Successes



SIGAR abandoned goat farm A Pentagon office that spent $675 million on economic development projects in Afghanistan was rife with waste and achieved “mixed results,” according to an audit report released this week by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

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