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August 24, 2016

By Daniel Grossman

To Be or Not To Be (Contracted Out)



To Be or Not To Be Contracted Out: SAIC job announcement posted on Glassdoor. While reviewing listings for federal government contractor jobs, the Project On Government Oversight was reminded of the confusion surrounding inherently governmental functions. Multiple definitions of this term have made it somewhat ambiguous and in need of consistency.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

August 19, 2016

By Carter Salis

Upcoming Appeals Case Threatens Whistleblower Protections



Whistleblower An upcoming appeals case could make it nearly impossible for whistleblowers to win cases against employers who illegally retaliate. The case threatens to shift the evidentiary burden from the employer back to the employee, a development that would be contr

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

August 18, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

POGO’s 2016 Summer Reading List



Girl sitting on a lawn reading a good government book like the ones chosen each summer by POGO Summer is coming to an end but there’s still time to reenergize yourself with a book that matters! Take your pick of the latest books on nuclear policy, national security, or government oversight (or in some cases, lack thereof.)

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources, National Security, Financial Sector, Public Health and Science, Contract Oversight

August 19, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

Foreign Influence Becomes Hot Issue on US Campaign Trail



Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Controversy over former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s ties to Russia, Ukraine, and DC lobbyists highlights problems with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Meanwhile, the Clinton campaign is dogged by questions about relationships

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Topics: Open Government, National Security

August 18, 2016

By Nicholas Pacifico

POGO: DHS Should Follow Justice Dept., End Reliance on Private Prisons



Prison cells The Department of Homeland Security should follow the Justice Department’s lead and shut down its network of private prisons.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

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