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August 12, 2015

By Joe Newman

VA IG Drops Subpoena for POGO’s Whistleblower Records



VA IG Linda Halliday July 2015 Testimony The Office of Inspector General at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has dropped its demand for POGO to turn over records related to the more than 800 VA whistleblowers.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

August 12, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

SEC Stands Up for Whistleblowers



Security Exchange Commission Whistleblower The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued guidance to clarify that employees in the corporate world are entitled to protections against retaliation even if they only blow the whistle internally to their employers.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, Financial Sector

August 10, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Preventing a New Chapter of “Vacuous” Oversight



Afghanistan Soldier Reconstruction A new comparative analysis found that DoD IG oversight of Afghanistan is a woefully inadequate substitute for the work the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) performs exposing waste, fraud, and abuse in Afghanistan.

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Topics: Government Accountability

August 7, 2015

By Daniel Shlien

All Means All: Departments Must Stop Restricting OIG Access



Danielle Brian testifying at IG hearing - August 2015 When does “all” not mean “all”? Watchdogs throughout the federal government are confronting this question in the wake of new legal opinion at the Department of Justice.

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Topics: Government Accountability

August 7, 2015

By Adam Zagorin

Yes, America’s Psychologists Abetted Torture Interrogations



Photograph of Captive Hands The American Psychological Association is holding its annual meeting under the shadow of a new report on the Association and CIA torture, and a host of serious oversight questions.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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