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October 11, 2017

By Peter Tyler

Senate Bill Would Improve Oversight of Programs That Give Police Military Equipment



Marine recruits go through the bayonet assault training course at Parris Island, S.C., on May 13, 2011. Legislation was introduced that will improve accountability in a Department of Defense program that transfers surplus military equipment to civil law enforcement agencies.

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Topics: Government Accountability

October 10, 2017

By Christine Ostrosky

IG Calls for Detailed Reporting on Medical Device Failures



Emergency room A new report from a federal watchdog calls on the government to require hospitals to provide more detailed reporting on medical device problems to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Better reporting could help the government identify mal

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Topics: Public Health and Science

October 6, 2017

By David S. Hilzenrath

Ruling Limits Government’s Power to Police Offshore Drilling



Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill An appeals court has ruled that the government cannot use a major set of safety and environmental regulations to prosecute offshore drilling contractors.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Energy and Natural Resources

October 5, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Contractors and the True Size of Government



Increasing workers Political scientist Paul Light issued an updated headcount of the federal workforce. Of Uncle Sam’s 9.1 million employees, Light estimates more than 40 percent are contract workers.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 4, 2017

By Mia Steinle

ICE Puts Detainees with Mental Illnesses “At Risk” in Solitary Confinement



Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agents Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents may be putting immigrant detainees with mental illnesses at risk of harm by not reporting when they place these detainees in solitary confinement.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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