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September 14, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Government Watchdog Identifies Lessons from Afghanistan Reconstruction



Diggers on reconstruction project in Afghanistan, taken by the International Security Assistance Force Public Affairs The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has some important lessons about the systemic corruption that has hindered the 15-year effort to rebuild the war-torn country.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

September 12, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

LISTEN: The Case against Unlimited Pentagon Spending



Pentagon General Begging POGO’s Dan Grazier explains the problems with the current bloated Pentagon budget on the Steele & Ungar show following the comments of presidential candidate Donald Trump about ending the sequester on defense spending.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

September 9, 2016

By Nicholas Pacifico

Independence of Inspectors General is Essential



Two businessmen POGO discusses the Partnership for Public Service’s “Walking the Line” report and highlights the importance of Inspector General independence.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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

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