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October 8, 2014

By Andre Francisco

Solving the Problem of Uniquely Identifying Federal Contractors



Contract Oversight This morning, the Project On Government Oversight’s Scott Amey went on Federal News Radio to discuss the problem with relying on a private company to track federal spending and how an over-reliance on contractors could put the federal government at risk.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 6, 2014

By David S. Hilzenrath

One Man's Nightmarish Journey Through the Troubled VA



Photograph of Steven Massong Army veteran Steven P. Massong's nightmare began after a routine procedure at a VA hospital in 2005 led to the amputations of his right foot and scrotum. In the nine years since, he has been lost in a bureaucratic quagmire trying to get the disability bene

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Topics: Government Accountability

October 2, 2014

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

POGO Briefs the Supreme Court Supporting MacLean



MacLean, Boven and Devine testify before Congress, September 2014, Photo by Linda Lewis This week, the Project On Government Oversight submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court supporting Robert MacLean, who blew the whistle on a cost-cutting measure that would have removed air marshals from long-distance flights when the government was aware of a looming terrorist hijacking plot.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

September 26, 2014

By Winslow Wheeler

A Ray of Light from Senator Durbin’s Defense Subcommittee: Will It Brighten or Fade?



Ray of Sun When members of Congress show even faint signs of departing from their habitual abuse of the public purse, it merits attention.

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Topics: National Security

September 26, 2014

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

In Defense of National Security Whistleblowers



whistleblowers2 In a recent Harvard Law & Policy Review article, Yochai Benkler, law professor and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, introduced the idea of a “public accountability defense,” especially for national security whistleblowers.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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