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June 27, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Lawmakers Suspect Illegality in Privatized Tax Collection Program



IRS Sign and Flag An IRS program employing private companies to recover overdue taxes is just a few weeks old, but it already has a group of Senators worried the collection companies may be abusing debtors and breaking the law.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

June 27, 2017

By Laura Peterson

Border Wall is Billion-Dollar Black Box So Far



U.S. Border Wall Trump’s border wall is crawling toward creation despite lack of transparency, funding, and planning.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

June 21, 2017

By Christine Ostrosky

Proposed DHS Budget Priorities Leave Accountability Behind



Fence in front of the White House The proposed DHS budget emphasizes southern border control at the cost of security for the rest of the nation.

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Topics: National Security

June 20, 2017

By Daniel Van Schooten

Letting Contractors Pick Their Own Auditors is a Bad Idea



Man in a military uniform removing folders from a filing cabinet A new law lets contractors hire their own auditors, despite history that shows it can come at the expense of independent oversight.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

June 16, 2017

By Christine Ostrosky

Limits Placed on Congressional Oversight



Judge hammering a gavel A new memo released by the executive branch’s Office of Legal Counsel attempts to establish a more restrictive policy regarding federal agencies responses to Congressional oversight inquiries. POGO, Members of Congress, and others are strongly criticizing this executive overreach.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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