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May 1, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

A-10 Victory in the House



McSally Photo Congress stood up for ground troops and approved an amendment to save the A-10.

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Topics: National Security

April 30, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

SIGAR Warns of Drastic Drawdown in Afghanistan Oversight



Afghanistan Possible Oversight Access 2914 The U.S. has appropriated about $110 billion over 14 years attempting to rebuild Afghanistan, and $15 billion remains unspent as of March 2015. But there may not be enough watchdogs left to adequately oversee how the remaining money is spent, according to testimony prepared by John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

April 28, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Thornberry Buying Industry Commercial-Item Policies



Photo of C-130J aircraft getting cleaned POGO has received lobbying documents that show that proposed changes to commercial items definitions and procurement processes come at the behest of industry. And if history is any guide, the Defense Department and taxpayers will have to eat the costs of t

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 28, 2015

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POGO Board Member, Champion for Underdogs, Whistleblowers Passes Away



Photo of Charles Charles “Chuck” Hamel, our beloved POGO Board member since 1994, passed away April 9. He was 84.

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April 27, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Slaughterhouse Jive: $1.5M Wasted on Afghan Abattoir



Photo of the Afghanistan Slaughterhouse Construction Site The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction found that an abandoned and unfinished slaughterhouse in eastern Afghanistan could cost taxpayers upwards of $5.8 million.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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