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August 17, 2018

By Katherine Hawkins

Weaponizing Security Clearances Is Unacceptable, Whether CIA Directors are the Victims or Perpetrators



John Brennan Executive agencies regularly use their classification powers to avoid oversight or accountability for embarrassing or unlawful conduct. Congress needs to create enforceable protections against using the security clearance process for retaliation against wh

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

August 15, 2018

By Peter Tyler

Passing Grade? Lessons Learned from the 2017 Disasters



Big Pine Florida cleanup A new Federal Emergency Management Agency report describes many “lessons learned” from last summer’s major natural disasters. However, FEMA and the nation are not yet adequately prepared for the next one.

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Topics: Government Accountability

August 14, 2018

By David Janovsky

As “Zero Tolerance” Cases Skyrocket, Other Prosecutions Slow



A lawyer buttons a briefcase; behind him, a US Customs and Border Patrol car idles in front of the barbed wire border wall. New data suggests that the Justice Department’s focus on misdemeanor prosecutions under “zero tolerance” has led to a dramatic decrease in prosecutions of serious crimes like drug trafficking and human smuggling.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Justice System

August 10, 2018

By Peter Tyler

Rating the Watchdogs: Are Our Inspectors General Effective?



IG seals New articles by Federal News Radio and Government Executive raise issues worthy of examination regarding the inspector general community, issues that are also addressed by POGO’s recent report on our nation’s federal watchdogs.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

August 9, 2018

By Caterina Hyneman

Army Carefully Considering Next Worldwide Logistics Contractors



Logistics contractor After repeated contractor misconduct in past contracts, the U.S. Army deliberates over who to award the latest worldwide warfighters-support contract to.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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