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March 27, 2014

By Emily Binkow

EPA Fails to Monitor Its Purchase Card Spending



Credit Card A recent report by the Office of the Inspector General for the Environmental Protection Agency found abuse of the EPA's purchase cards and significant problems with the agency's system for ensuring that charge cards are not misused.

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 25, 2014

By Adam Zagorin

Intelligence Official Cited for “Unauthorized Disclosure” to Congress: Oversight on the Rocks



Zero Dark Thirty Just over a year ago, an official at the Defense Department gave congressional oversight committees a document that had the potential to embarrass the Secretary of Defense and the Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

March 24, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Screening of Rumsfeld Documentary Sparks Discussion About Government Secrecy



Ellen Miller, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, and Spencer Ackerman, U.S. national security editor for The Guardian, discuss the government's culture of secrecy at a special pre-release screening of The Unknown Known. The Unknown Known documentary brings Rumsfeld national security memos to the big screen.

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Topics: National Security

March 19, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Afghanistan Watchdog Sinks Teeth Into Scrapped Incinerators



Incinerators The Afghanistan reconstruction watchdog has launched a formal inquiry into an ill-fated U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contract to build waste incinerators at Forward Operating Base Sharana.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 19, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

U.S. Joins International Effort to Bring Transparency to Drilling, Mining Industries



EITI An international organization working to bring greater transparency and accountability to industries that extract natural resources accepted the U.S. as a candidate for membership at a meeting of its board today in Oslo, Norway.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

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