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December 14, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Judge Sides with Marine in Information-Mishandling Case



U.S. Marine Corps flag A federal judge determined that a board of inquiry that had initially recommended Marine Corps Major Jason Brezler’s discharge for mishandling classified information in 2013 had unjustly withheld documents that would have been key to his defense.

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Topics: National Security

December 16, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Federal Fraud Recoveries Bounce Back in FY 2016



Cash Stack The Justice Department recovered more than $4.7 billion through False Claims Act cases in fiscal year 2016—a sizable increase over last year’s total, and the federal government’s third highest annual fraud recovery ever.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

December 16, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

NRC Fines Nuclear Power Plant for Fire Safety Violation



NRC Engineering Area Assistant Lead Inspector Atif Shaikh examines pipes during the 95003 inspection at the Browns Ferry plant. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission fined the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant $140,000 for safety violations involving fire watch and suppression procedures.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

December 15, 2016

By Adam Zagorin

NSA Watchdog Removed for Whistleblower Retaliation



Photo of the NSA buildings at night In 2014, top NSA watchdog George Ellard publicly argued that Snowden could have safely reported the allegations of NSA’s domestic surveillance directly to him. Ellard has since been terminated after a high-level Intelligence Community panel found that he h

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, National Security

December 14, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Watchdog Sheds New Light on Afghanistan Luxury Villas



Photograph of a Task Force villas in Kabul, included in 11/25/15 letter from Special Inspector General John Sopko to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter Sadly, new information about the Pentagon’s $150 million luxury villas in Afghanistan recently disclosed by SIGAR in a letter to Congress may be the final word on this controversial project.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

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