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January 25, 2016

By Mandy Smithberger

New York Times: Sticking Points Bedevil F-35 Jet

Danielle Brian Retro Report NYT F35 A recent video from The New York Times and Retro Report features POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian explaining how the Pentagon's largest procurement program went wrong.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

January 22, 2016

By Sean Moulton

Government Ending Contractor ID Monopoly

USA Spending Federal Contracts Grants To track the recipients of taxpayer dollars, the government has been paying millions each year to rent a system from the private sector. But that monopoly may soon be ending.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

January 22, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Senate Examines Controversial DoD Afghanistan Task Force

Afghanistan Construction Truck There were plenty of fireworks at a Senate Armed Services subcommittee hearing on a Pentagon task force that spent $638 million to revive Afghanistan's economy.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 20, 2016

By Jacob Marx

Nuke Year Resolutions

MOX Savannah River Site Aerial This year POGO has a resolution for the Department of Energy: stop wasting money on flawed nuclear construction projects at the Hanford Site and the Savannah River Site.

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 15, 2016

By Mia Steinle

Victory for Taxpayers on Coal

Coal Extraction Mining Public Lands EITI POGO has long been urging the Interior Department to update its outdated coal rules for mining on federal land. Today, the Department announced it would be halting coal leases while it undertakes a review of the federal coal program.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

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The Congressional Management Foundation offers the Gold Mouse Awards annually to members of Congress who make the most of the opportunity the digital world offers them. POGO spoke with members of Rep. Mike Honda's communications team about their award.