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June 20, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Federal Suspensions and Debarments Drop in FY 2015



Computer Charts Analytics The government’s use of suspension and debarment to keep federal funds out of the hands of risky recipients declined for the first time in many years. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

June 16, 2016

By Adam Zagorin

Senior VA Official Investigated for Possible Conflict with Husband’s Business



Rosye Cloud 120 Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General Investigates Senior VA Official Rosye Cloud for Possible Conflict of Interest with Her Husband's software business, as Secretary Robert McDonald Struggles to Refirm Scandal-Plagued Agency.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 14, 2016

By Daniel Grossman

DoD Expands Troubling Insider Threat Program to Contractors



Aerial shot of the Pentagon (Photo: Flickr / Rudiriet) DoD now requires contractors to implement Insider Threat Programs aimed at stopping unauthorized disclosures of classified information, but several organizations are concerned that these programs will also be used to silence whistleblowers exposing governm

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, National Security

June 13, 2016

By Ari Goldberg

POGO: Passage of FOIA Reform a Victory for Democracy



FOIA - Freedom of Information Act The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) today applauds House passage of the bipartisan FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, which President Obama has pledged to sign.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

June 9, 2016

By Carter Salis

NDAA Markups Continue Under a Veil of Secrecy



Senator John McCain and Senator Jack Reed The Senate Armed Service Committee continues to stymie transparency by holding NDAA markups in closed sessions. The Project On Government Oversight believes the Committee ought to permit the democratic process to unfold and move discussion of unclassified policy amendments to open sessions.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

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Fly Before You Buy: Tom Christie on Realistic Combat Testing

The Project On Government Oversight's Dan Grazier recently sat down with Tom Christie, a former Director of Operational Test & Evaluation at the DoD from 2001-2005, to talk about the critical need for realistic combat testing before the Pentagon buys new weapons.