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June 30, 2016

By Neil Gordon

McDonnell Decision a Setback for Anti-Corruption Efforts



Photograph of Cash in envelope in Hands Ex-Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s actions were “distasteful” and “tawdry,” according to the Supreme Court, but not bribery.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 30, 2016

By Mandy Smithberger

Would You Buy a Car Without Knowing the Sticker Price?



The Price is Secret B-21 Graphic The Air Force claims the mystery price tag is necessary to prevent adversaries from learning too much about the B-21 aircraft.

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Topics: National Security

June 23, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Indicted GSA Official is a Blast from POGO’s Past



GSA Building 120 Bells went off when we saw that former GSA official Helen “Renee” Ballard was indicted for a fraud and nepotism scheme involving large federal contractor CACI. Flashback to 2006…

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Topics: Contract Oversight

June 20, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Federal Suspensions and Debarments Drop in FY 2015



Computer Charts Analytics The government’s use of suspension and debarment to keep federal funds out of the hands of risky recipients declined for the first time in many years. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

June 16, 2016

By Adam Zagorin

Senior VA Official Investigated for Possible Conflict with Husband’s Business



Rosye Cloud 120 Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General Investigates Senior VA Official Rosye Cloud for Possible Conflict of Interest with Her Husband's software business, as Secretary Robert McDonald Struggles to Refirm Scandal-Plagued Agency.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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