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May 17, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

Senate Raises Concerns Over Energy Watchdog Nominee’s Independence



Screen capture from IG nomination of Senator Ron Wyden Last week, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing to review Susan Beard, the current nominee for the Department of Energy Inspector General position. Several Senators, including Chairwoman Murkowski and Senator Wyden, questione

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Topics: Government Accountability, Energy and Natural Resources

May 16, 2016

By Phoebe Bodkin

VA Continues to Manipulate Wait-Time Data



Department of Veterans Affairs VA Building VA medical centers continue to manipulate wait-time data, and newly enrolled veterans are waiting far too long for appointments.

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Topics: Government Accountability

May 13, 2016

By Phoebe Bodkin

Shay Assad is Maligned, His Pro-Taxpayer Initiatives Blocked



Shay Assad Pentagon DoD Pricing Shay Assad, DoD’s director of Defense Pricing, has been legally blocked from implementing pro-taxpayer initiates thanks to successful lobbying by contractors.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

May 11, 2016

By Nicholas Pacifico

Revenue Issues at CBP Potentially Cost Taxpayers Billions



Picture of a container ship Long-standing issues at Customs and Border Protection have resulted in failures to collect appropriate duties, penalties, and interest from importers, potentially costing taxpayers billions of dollars.

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Topics: Government Accountability

May 10, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

Challenge to False Claims Act Falls Flat at House Hearing



Cash Stack A House Judiciary subcommittee held a hearing examining possible changes to the incentive structure of the False Claims Act. Most of the potential changes consisted of either decreasing the liability of perpetrators or making it harder for whistleblowers t

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

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