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August 9, 2017

By Jean Carlos Baez Rosario

Civil Servants Exposed To Retaliation Under Bipartisan VA Bill



Photo of President Trump after signing the Deptartment of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act Bipartisanship led to a bill that created a new VA whistleblower office, but its language also diminishes due process rights for civil servants. Congress needs to continue overseeing the new office and ensure VA employees do not suffer from retaliation or political purging.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

August 8, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Prison Time for GSA Official Caught in Nepotism Scheme



GSA Building 120 Helen Rene’e Ballard, a former GSA contracting official who played a key role in a POGO investigation more than a decade ago, was recently sentenced to prison for a nepotism scheme.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

August 7, 2017

By Andrea Peterson

A New Tool for Looking at Federal Cybersecurity Spending



Taxpayers for Common Sense Federal Cyber Spending Tool A new tool from Taxpayers for Common Sense provides the most comprehensive public snapshot of unclassified cybersecurity spending.

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Topics: Government Accountability

August 3, 2017

By Albert Chen

Senators Question Activist Investor’s Influence on Regulation of AIG



AIG Building Senators’ letter raises questions about prominent investor and special adviser to President Trump Carl Icahn’s influence over the regulation of AIG.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Financial Sector

July 31, 2017

By Christine Ostrosky

Levin Center Releases Video Tutorials on Conducting Oversight



Elise Bean and Zack Schram The Levin Center at Wayne Law released a series of videos on how to conduct Congressional oversight investigations.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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