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March 28, 2017

By Ari Goldberg

POGO's 2017 Baker’s Dozen Wishlist for Congress



Aerial U.S. Capitol Building The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has unveiled its biennial list of 13 policy areas ripe for Congressional action. It includes recommendations for legislative fixes to make the federal government more transparent, accountable, and ethical.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources, National Security, Public Health and Science, Contract Oversight

March 24, 2017

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Contracts Need to Be Posted Online



Senator Claire McCaskill speaking in the Financial and Contracting Oversight Subcommittee The “Contractor Accountability and Transparency Act of 2017” (S. 651) introduced by Senator Claire McCaskill will enhance transparency in the area of federal contract spending. The bill will expand the information available on USASpending.gov, make the con

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

March 23, 2017

By Ari Goldberg

POGO: GSA Ruling on Trump Hotel Lease Should Be Challenged



Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC POGO General Counsel Scott Amey challenges the General Services Administration’s conclusion that the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC does not violate the terms of the lease forbidding a benefit to elected officials.

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 23, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Congress Seeks Pentagon Watchdog Probe of Aircraft Parts Supplier



Tech. Sgt. Shawn Merchant, a crew chief with the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, removes foreign object inspection mats from an F-15E Strike Eagle at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., on Dec. 15, 2010. The aircraft is assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing. On Monday, House Armed Services Committee member Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA) asked the Pentagon’s Inspector General to investigate potential misconduct by TransDigm, a key supplier of commercial and military aircraft components.

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

March 23, 2017

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Vacancies Leave Whistleblowers Vulnerable



President Trump speaks with German Chancellor Merkel from the Oval Office. He is on the phone with a staffer seated before him and several other empty seats. To bolster federal oversight and ensure the protection of whistleblowers, President Donald Trump needs to fill positions in Offices of Inspectors General, the Office of Special Counsel, and the Merit Systems Protection Board.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

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