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August 11, 2017

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Veterans Affairs Response to Alleged Whistleblowers Still Worrying



Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington DC The firing of the Washington, D.C. veterans’ medical center director provides the first test of a new Department of Veterans Affairs accountability and whistleblower protection law.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

August 10, 2017

By Peter Tyler

Senate Unanimously Passes Legislation To Improve Federal Charge Card Spending



Photograph of Purchase Cards or Credit Cards The U.S. Senate passed legislation aimed at curbing misuse of government charge cards that can result in improper payments.

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Topics: Government Accountability

August 9, 2017

By Jean Carlos Baez Rosario

Civil Servants Exposed To Retaliation Under Bipartisan VA Bill



Photo of President Trump after signing the Deptartment of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act Bipartisanship led to a bill that created a new VA whistleblower office, but its language also diminishes due process rights for civil servants. Congress needs to continue overseeing the new office and ensure VA employees do not suffer from retaliation or political purging.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

August 8, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Prison Time for GSA Official Caught in Nepotism Scheme



GSA Building 120 Helen Rene’e Ballard, a former GSA contracting official who played a key role in a POGO investigation more than a decade ago, was recently sentenced to prison for a nepotism scheme.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

August 7, 2017

By Andrea Peterson

A New Tool for Looking at Federal Cybersecurity Spending



Taxpayers for Common Sense Federal Cyber Spending Tool A new tool from Taxpayers for Common Sense provides the most comprehensive public snapshot of unclassified cybersecurity spending.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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