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March 30, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Other Areas that Could Use a Little Sun



Capitol Building Although Sunshine Week 2015 is over, there are still so many areas of government that would benefit from increased transparency and openness.

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Topics: Open Government

March 26, 2015

By Neil Gordon

The Few, The Proud, The Small Business Contractors



Marines March at Quantico A new report by the Pentagon’s watchdog found that Marine Corps Base Quantico is not doing enough to ensure that small businesses are getting their fair share of federal contracts.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 26, 2015

By Jacob Marx

The Pentagon’s Wartime Slush Fund



National Security It’s called the Overseas Contingency Operations Account, or OCO, and it’s the Pentagon’s warfighting fund. Or at least it’s supposed to be. Instead, it has become a slush fund for Pentagon programs that have no connection to our war efforts.

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Topics: National Security

March 26, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

IRS Whistleblower Office: A Taxing Affair



Whistleblower Protections No one likes a tax cheat, but questions remain about whether the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Whistleblower Office is doing enough to incentivize and reward whistleblowers who report tax violations.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

March 24, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

In Carter We Trust?



Tammy Duckworth on Contractor Spending Representative Duckworth wants more information about Defense Department efforts to hire the appropriate workforce and to use contractor inventories for budgetary and readiness purposes.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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