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May 27, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

SASC Finally Reports Breakdown of Vote to Close NDAA



Sen. John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Service Committee With little fanfare, the Senate Armed Services Committee finally released its NDAA report—and with it, the rulebreaking roll call vote from April 23, 2015. A month after the vote was held.

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Topics: National Security

May 27, 2015

By Lydia Dennett

Energy Dept. Labs Seek Exemption from IT Oversight



Photo of the Super Computer at Lawrence Livermore National Lab POGO has learned that the Department of Energy National Laboratories are seeking an exemption from a new law that would increase transparency and accountability of spending on IT.

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Topics: Open Government, Contract Oversight

May 22, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Afghanistan Watchdog Hunts $36 Million White Elephant



Photograph of the Afghanistan White Elephant Building The Afghanistan reconstruction watchdog released its findings regarding an unused command facility at Camp Leatherneck that cost taxpayers $36 million.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

May 21, 2015

By Neil Gordon

A National Action Plan for Contract Reform



Contract Oversight For the upcoming 3rd National Action Plan, POGO is proposing 8 commitments that will advance contracting transparency.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

May 20, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

Email Shows How Credit Suisse Works the Revolving Door



Thank You over and over and over Bloomberg has reviewed an email in which Melanie Nussdorf, a former Department of Labor (DOL) lawyer who now represents Credit Suisse, repeated “thank you” 600 times in an email to DOL after getting a favorable response from her former agency.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Financial Sector

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