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January 22, 2016

By Sean Moulton

Government Ending Contractor ID Monopoly



USA Spending Federal Contracts Grants To track the recipients of taxpayer dollars, the government has been paying millions each year to rent a system from the private sector. But that monopoly may soon be ending.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

January 22, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Senate Examines Controversial DoD Afghanistan Task Force



Afghanistan Construction Truck There were plenty of fireworks at a Senate Armed Services subcommittee hearing on a Pentagon task force that spent $638 million to revive Afghanistan's economy.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 20, 2016

By Jacob Marx

Nuke Year Resolutions



MOX Savannah River Site Aerial This year POGO has a resolution for the Department of Energy: stop wasting money on flawed nuclear construction projects at the Hanford Site and the Savannah River Site.

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 15, 2016

By Mia Steinle

Victory for Taxpayers on Coal



Coal Extraction Mining Public Lands EITI POGO has long been urging the Interior Department to update its outdated coal rules for mining on federal land. Today, the Department announced it would be halting coal leases while it undertakes a review of the federal coal program.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

January 14, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Millions of Dollars Wasted in Afghan Extractives Program



Afghanistan Mining Dig Extractive The Pentagon Task Force that spent $43 million on a gas station and $150 million on luxury villas might have wasted up to $54 million on efforts to revive Afghanistan's oil, gas, and minerals industries.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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