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June 1, 2018

By Peter Tyler

Congress Taking Aim at Waste and Fraud



Money gavel Last week, a bipartisan group of Senators introduced legislation that takes aim at the billions of dollars in improper payments made annually by federal agencies. The “Payment Integrity Information Act of 2018” would update and strengthen current laws that

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 1, 2018

By Peter Tyler

Recommendations for Disaster Response and Recovery



Operation Blue Roof The 2017 disasters were tragic, but they provide an opportunity to learn how to better prepare for future disasters. Here is a rundown of recent POGO blogs, articles, and testimony on the topic.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

May 29, 2018

By Christine Ostrosky

The Difference Between Law and Justice



Mickey Edwards On May 13, POGO Board Member and former Member of Congress Mickey Edwards addressed the graduating class of the Oklahoma City University School of Law, encouraging the graduates to evaluate just and unjust laws with compassion.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Justice System

May 25, 2018

By Bonnie Goldstein

Paper Cuts: ZTE’s Action Plan for Smuggling Banned Tech to Iran



President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in a ZTE phone Paper Cuts examines the questionable trading history of the controversial Chinese phone company at the center of the President’s recent tweets.

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Topics: National Security

May 23, 2018

By Jake Laperruque

ICE Backs Down on “Extreme Vetting” Automated Social Media Scanning



ICE cyber monitoring In a major victory for civil rights and civil liberties advocates, ICE has shut down its plan to include unreliable automated social media scanning as part of an “Extreme Vetting” program. However ICE’s plans for Extreme Vetting are still problematic, espe

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

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