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January 8, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

POGO Applauds Retirement of Head of DoD Sexual Assault Program



Gen. Patton Shortly after the POGO called for the removal of the head of the Department of Defense’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, the Department announced that Maj. Gen. Gary S. Patton is retiring from the position and will be replaced in January 201

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

January 8, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Recent Watchdog Reports Call into Question V-22 Safety



V-22 Recent DoD IG reports raise concerns about the readiness of V-22s being deployed.

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Topics: National Security

January 7, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Court Upholds 3-Year Contracting Suspension



Mess Hall 2013 ended on a sour note for Kuwaiti logistics firm Agility, which has been under indictment and barred from federal contracting since 2009.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 7, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

SEC Finally Finalizes a Revolving Door Rule



Revolving Door Closed After backtracking from a promise to tighten restrictions on its revolving door, the Securities and Exchange Commission is again moving forward with plans to close a loophole in federal ethics rules for senior employees who leave the agency.

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Topics: Financial Sector

January 3, 2014

By Winslow Wheeler

The Latest Word on F-35 Unit Cost



An F-35 Lightning II, marked AA-1, lands Oct. 23 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The F-35 Integrated Test Force staff concluded an air-start test. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Julius Delos Reyes 2013 ended with some outrageous claims from Lockheed-Martin on the oh-so low cost of the F-35 in just a few years. Sadly, the prognostications were reported in multiple major defense media outlets without balance or any checking for the available empirica

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Topics: National Security

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