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April 14, 2014

By Lydia Dennett

Congress Slams Nuclear Agency for Recent Failures



Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Fabrication Facility According to two experts, the National Nuclear Security Administration has failed, which is no surprise given the recent cost overruns and schedule delays on several multi-billion dollar projects.

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Topics: National Security

April 11, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Judge in Blackwater Prosecution Seeks Probe of State Dept.



Contract Oversight A federal judge sharply criticized the State Department's decision to grant legal immunity to Blackwater guards involved in a 2007 shooting in Iraq. That decision nearly doomed the manslaughter case against the guards, which goes to trial in June.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 11, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Long-Time Inspector General Stepping Down



Brian Miller After a decade investigating government waste and fraud under two presidents, Brian Miller, inspector general of the General Services Administration (GSA), announced this week that he will be retiring effective April 18.

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Topics: Government Accountability

April 10, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

Retiring SEC Lawyer: Revolving Door Causes Weak Enforcement



SEC Seal A longtime lawyer at the Securities and Exchange Commission says that senior agency officials have been more interested in advancing their careers in the corporate world than in policing it aggressively, according to remarks prepared for the lawyer’s recen

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Topics: Financial Sector

April 10, 2014

By Christine Anderson

The 25th Anniversary of the Whistleblower Protection Act



whistleblowers2 On the 25th anniversary of the Whistleblower Protection Act, POGO looks at current whistleblower law issues.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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