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April 27, 2016

By Nicholas Pacifico

DoD Proposes Increasing Employee Spending Limits



Credit card money cash spending The DoD recently proposed legislation to increase the micro-purchase threshold from $3,000 to $10,000. Past abuses of purchase cards highlight the risks of increasing this limit.

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Topics: Government Accountability

April 22, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Contractors Paid Billions in Environmental Penalties



POGO graphic showing earth day violations by government contractors The Federal Contractor Misconduct Database reports a total of $38.7 billion paid by contractors in penalties for environmental violations.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources, Contract Oversight

April 22, 2016

By Danielle Brian

POGO Wins National Journalism Prize for Reporting on FDA



Emergency Room Gurney 120 The Society of Professional Journalists has awarded the Project On Government Oversight a Sigma Delta Chi Award for POGO’s coverage of potentially deadly weaknesses in FDA oversight of prescription drugs.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Public Health and Science

April 22, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

Yet Another Toxic Leak Found at Hanford Nuclear Site



Photo of the top of the storage tanks at Hanford under construction. The Hanford Site, a former nuclear weapons production facility and the world’s largest environmental cleanup project, experienced another high-profile failure over the weekend, drawing our attention to continuing management and oversight problems.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 15, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

IRS Corporate Tax Recovery Suffers After Deep Budget Cuts



Photograph of a Billion Dollars The government might be losing as much as $15 billion each year in unrecovered taxes as the IRS shortens the time it spends auditing large companies, according to a nonprofit that gathers and analyzes government data.

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Topics: Financial Sector

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Fly Before You Buy: Tom Christie on Realistic Combat Testing

The Project On Government Oversight's Dan Grazier recently sat down with Tom Christie, a former Director of Operational Test & Evaluation at the DoD from 2001-2005, to talk about the critical need for realistic combat testing before the Pentagon buys new weapons.