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September 8, 2016

By Ari Goldberg

Long-Buried IG Report on BLM Reveals Gifts from Oil & Gas Industry, Other Violations



Oil drilling in San Ardo oil field, California A report hidden from the public for three years finds former Bureau of Land Management employee Steve Henke “violated agency policy, federal laws, and the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch.”

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Topics: Government Accountability

September 8, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

POGO Critical of Pentagon Watchdog’s Handling of Whistleblowers



Photo of Mandy Smithberger, Director of the CDI's Straus Military Reform Project at POGO The director of POGO’s military reform project testified about the inadequate protections for whistleblowers who come forward to report misconduct at the Pentagon. Mandy Smithberger’s testimony called on the Department of Defense’s Office of Inspector Gene

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

September 8, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

Justice Dept. Watchdog Confirms “Unacceptable” FARA Compliance



A shot of various foreign banknotes and coins The Department of Justice Inspector General released an audit on enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) yesterday which echoed findings of lax compliance and enforcement of the law detailed in a 2014 POGO report.

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Topics: Government Accountability

September 1, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Halt DHS Procurement while Private Detention Centers Evaluated



Detention Center fence The Project On Government Oversight asks that the Department of Homeland Security immediately halt long-term contract renewals and solicitations for detention centers while the Homeland Security Advisory Board evaluates whether the immigration detention op

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

August 29, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Whistleblower Rejects $8 Million Award to Protest Revolving Door



Business man silhouette Eric Ben-Artzi turned down an $8.25 million award for blowing the whistle on fraud at Deutsche Bank because the government let the company’s executives off the hook.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, Financial Sector

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