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March 14, 2018

By Mia Steinle

Homeland Security Hiring Contracts May Be More Trouble Than They're Worth, Again



Pedestrians line up for CBP processing at the Calexico, Calif. port of entry. ICE and Border Patrol plan to pay private companies hundreds of millions of dollars to help the agencies hire new employees.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 13, 2018

By Katherine Hawkins

Gina Haspel’s Troubling Role in the CIA Torture Program



Gina Haspel President Trump’s nominee to head the CIA reportedly oversaw one of the agency’s black sites and helped destroy videos of interrogations there.

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 13, 2018

By Justin Rood

The Depressing Heroism of a Bipartisan Congressional Inquiry



Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in front of the letter they sent. A bipartisan letter from two Senators to the White House last month deserves greater attention—and praise. While it can seem that Congressional oversight is doomed to fail in this era of hyperpartisanship, the duo’s joint questions regarding clearance proc

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 12, 2018

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Defense Lobbying Ban Might Drain the Pentagon Swamp



Revolving door man The FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act prohibits lobbying activities by certain Defense Department officials, which will slow down the revolving door and help drain the swamp.

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 12, 2018

By Nick Schwellenbach

The Modern Politics of American Whistleblowing



Whistleblower retaliation target Whistleblowers are critical to journalists; their disclosures can inform the public and help hold the powerful accountable. They can reveal wrongdoing that government officials or corporate titans would rather keep under wraps.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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