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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

June 16, 2017

By Nicholas Pacifico

Strengthening Financial Integrity of Federal Agencies



U.S. Dollar The federal government needs to improve the accuracy and completeness of improper payment identification and estimation.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 15, 2017

By Nicholas Pacifico

Understanding the Anti-Lobbying Law



White House and Capitol Hill Despite the plain language of anti-lobbying bans, a narrow interpretation by the DOJ has given executive branch employees a lot of leeway in influencing the legislative process.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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